Vandals spray yellow graffiti on Tonbridge Castle's historic walls
By kentsussex | Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 10:32
Police officers are investigating after the guardians of historic Tonbridge Castle reported it had been daubed with paint by vandals.
Tonbridge Castle (stock image by Flickr's Brad & Ying)
The site's caretaker spotted the unsightly signatures, known as tags, on the morning of Friday 25 January.
The letters 'THC' and 'THF' were clearly visible on a rubbish bin, a glass window of the Chamber Room and some information points.
The West Tower wall, by the castle gate, and the Curtain Stone wall next to the gate were also targeted with illegible squiggles.
In all cases, yellow paint had been used and officers have found a spray can nearby which is being examined for evidence.
PC Alex Campbell from Kent Police said: "Unfortunately, reports of vandalism in the area are quite common but usually the only items damaged are the bins and chairs in the area.
"On this occasion some of the castle walls have actually been sprayed.
"We are appealing for anyone who knows who may have been responsible to contact police, and also want members of the public to be on the lookout for suspicious activity in the area in future."
Tonbridge Castle, popular with visitors, dates back to 1273. Entrance to the grounds, off Tonbridge High Street is free from 8am until dusk.
PC Campbell added that the borough council, which runs the site, quickly drafted in a company to remove the paint using specialist equipment.
Witnesses, or anyone with information, can contact Kent Police by calling 101 and quoting crime YY/1578/13. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.