Taxpayers’ cash used to clean graffiti from Chesterfield war memorial

Specialist contractors have removed the graffiti.
Specialist contractors have removed the graffiti.

Specialists have removed graffiti from Chesterfield’s war memorial – with taxpayers footing the bill.

Mindless vandals defaced the memorial twice within the space of a week, painting red lettering on it.

On Thursday morning, a spokesman for Chesterfield Borough Council said: “We have removed the graffiti from the war memorial opposite the Town Hall.

“It required specialist contractors due to the paint used.”

Earlier in the week, borough council leader Councillor John Burrows said it would cost several hundred pounds to repair the damage. 
He said: “I am extremely disappointed to see that the memorial has been defaced yet again.

“This is pure vandalism and an absolute insult to the fallen of Chesterfield.

“Not only is it very disrespectful, it is also a waste of council taxpayers’ money to clean.”

A spokesman for Derbyshire police added: “We would encourage anyone who has information about who might be responsible to contact police on 101 and we will take action to bring the offenders to justice.”

The memorial was last defaced in 2014 during the centenary year of the First World War. It was previously vandalised in 2013.

Residents have hit out at the ‘scumbags’ responsible.