Man charged over Godiva graffiti
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.