Traders' fury as 'infantile' graffiti artist defaces island storefronts
Furious business owners left scratching their heads as rogue graffiti vandal wreaks mayhem across the island
There has been widespread condemnation this morning of the individual, or individuals whom were responsible for three attacks on local businesses in the small hours of yesterday morning. The sign-work of Pizza Express at St Brelade, Natwest Bank in St Helier, and Sandpiper’s Food Hall on Snow Hill were defaced by a person or persons who are still at large.
Brian Masterton, a States of Jersey traffic warden since 1971, spoke to the Breaking Jersey News team at the scene of the Snow Hill incident. ‘‘What is wrong with this man?!’’ ‘‘I mean, I’m assuming it’s a man…. I suppose you never know, these days. But how sad do you have to be?! They’re obviously some sort of pervert’’ Mr Masterton sighed ‘’But do you know?’’ he said, passing his fingers over his beard ‘‘I actually saw people laughing as they walked past and looked up at it’ ‘…Laughing.’ ‘Several people in fact. And I’m not talking about kids either. Men and women. In smart work clothes.’’ ‘‘What’s wrong with people?’’
The assailant, whom some are already branding ‘Spanksy’, due to the sexually themed nature of his brand of graffiti, struck the town centre Food Hall somewhere between the hours of 01:00 and 02:00, then struck Natwest Bank, then hit St Brelade’s Pizza Express somewhere between 03:30 and 04:30.
Detective inspector Keith Honeydew gave the following statement to the media on the beachfront at St Brelade this afternoon. ‘We need to catch this individual. And catch them quickly. Damage to property is a serious offence, and we would urge any members of the public who think they may have seen anything; anyone who was out walking dogs; anyone who knows someone who left home around midnight yesterday with a step ladder and some canisters, to please contact our incident desk, without hesitation, on 612612’’