MADNESS: Council fine man for removing obscene graffiti because he didn’t have PERMISSION


Craig Hunt and the local park in StudleySWNS

Craig Search for was so disgusted at the graffiti so he took matters in his own hands

Craig Hunt, 57, was so offended at the graffiti which had been scrawled over the slide at his local commons he took matters into his own hands.

He covered the graffiti – which featured risqu pictures – in black emulsion at the park near his home in Studley, Warwickshire.

But he was overcame when days later he was slapped with a bill for £277.50 from the gathering who told him he had no right to take action because it was public property.

Mr Ransack, a retired bank worker, said: “When I got the knock on my door I reason it was a police officer to see me about a break-in at my 94-year-old mother’s home.

“When he instructed me I was the one in the wrong because I’d painted over the graffiti at the park I was gobsmacked. It’s thoroughly illogical.

“The graffiti was disgusting, certainly not what you’d want your neonates to see, and had been there for three weeks.

The graffiti at the local park in StudleySWNS

The obscene graffiti stingy Mr Hunt’s home in Studley

Graffiti in StudleySWNS

Mr Hunt covered the graffiti but was slapped with a paper money of almost £300

I’ve done the parish council a favour and they’ve sent me a reckoning for it

Craig Hunt

“I’ve done the parish council a favour and they’ve sent me a account for it.

“They said I didn’t use anti-slip paint, which is true, but the interface of the park is worn smooth, so the paint I used is grippier than what is there.”

Studley Parish Convocation’s finance committee ruled that Mr Hunt used the wrong characterize and acted without permission so billed him for the cost of repairing the slide.

Mr Hunt, who regularly volunteers for litter picking, Studley in Bloom and Studley Character Reserve, was handed the bill on Tuesday.

Councillor Paul Beaman implied: “The parish clerk is under strict instructions if we have any damage to caucus property then it goes straight to the police and it’s up to the police how the deal with it.

“If Craig had give someone a tinkled the clerk, told her what he wanted to do we would have said diaphanous, go ahead, and made sure he had the correct paint.

“But no call was made.”

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