Man charged over Go­diva graf­fiti

Coventry Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By LAURA HART­LEY News Re­porter laura.hart­ley@rich­plc.com

PO­LICE have charged a man with crim­i­nal dam­age over a graf­fiti at­tack on the Lady Go­diva statue in Coven­try city cen­tre.

John Kiely, of The Farm­stead, Stoke Al­der­moor, was due to ap­pear be­fore Coven­try Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The 43-year-old has been charged with three counts of crim­i­nal dam­age.

A spokesper­son for West Mid­lands Po­lice said yes­ter­day: “Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing two in­ci­dents of crim­i­nal dam­age to the Lady Go­diva statue in Broadgate, Coven­try city cen­tre, have ar­rested a 43-year-old man.

“It was re­ported that the statue had graf­fiti em­bla­zoned on it on both Sun­day (9 Septem­ber) and early this morn­ing (Tues­day 11 Septem­ber).”

Kiely was charged with the of­fences on Tues­day even­ing.

Coven­try City Coun­cil said its clean­ing team was mak­ing a sec­ond at­tempt to get rid of the mark­ings, which were “prov­ing very dif­fi­cult to re­move”, and spe­cial­ist ad­vice has been sought.

On Mon­day, Coun­cil­lor Ge­orge Dug­gins, leader of the coun­cil, said he was “dis­ap­pointed” that a “re­spected sym­bol” had been de­faced.

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