‘It’s very sad people should feel they want to deface it in this way’ – Boston Stump’s £500 graffiti clean-up cost

Simon Nadin, of Skillington Workshop, cleans up the graffiti. Photo: DS EMN-160831-105544001

Simon Nadin, of Skillington Workshop, cleans up the graffiti. Photo: DS EMN-160831-105544001

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Graffiti on the side of the iconic St Botolph’s Church is today (Wednesday) being cleaned up - at a cost of £500 to the parish.

The graffiti, which consists of obscene words referencing religion and the system, appeared on the historic Boston Stump overnight between 4.30pm, on Saturday and 7am, on Sunday.

The graffiti on the Boston Stump. Photo: DS EMN-160831-105613001

The graffiti on the Boston Stump. Photo: DS EMN-160831-105613001

Because of the age and nature of the stonework, the church, which comes under the Parish of Boston, has had to get a professional company in to remove the artwork.

Rev Steve Holt, of the Parish of Boston, told The Standard: “We were quite shocked when it was discovered.”

He added: “It’s very sad that with such a beautiful iconic building, people should feel they want to deface it in this way.

“So many people have expressed their sadness and anger to us over what has been done.”

The graffiti on the Boston Stump. Photo: DS EMN-160831-105601001

The graffiti on the Boston Stump. Photo: DS EMN-160831-105601001

He further explained: “It’s old stone, which also means we have to be very careful about how it is removed. It’s taken some days to get advice.

“We have had to get a professional company in to make sure it’s removed in a professional way.”

Readers have also expressed their outrage on social media.

Elaine Gildersleeves wrote on The Standard’s Facebook wall: “Discusting We have some beautiful buildings,a long history that we don’t always appreciate spoilt by some vandals with no respect.”

Catherine Lightbown said: “Why ruin it for everyone that goes there to enjoy it I mean what did you get out of I sure hope you’re caught and punished.”

Karen Snaith said: “I have seen this for myself it’s absolutely disgusting in view for all to see!!!”

Stigs Dixon said: “Even as a little rascle I knew there were somethings that you just don’t do.”

Lincolnshire Police have confirmed they were investigating the incident.

A spokesman said enquiries and CCTV reviews were ongoing.

Anyone who saw anything, or who has further information is asked to call Lincolnshire Police on the non-emergency 101 number quoting incident 136 of August 28.