Graffiti in response to Black Lives Matter movement appears in St Albans city centre

PUBLISHED: 13:16 13 July 2020 | UPDATED: 10:20 14 July 2020

This graffiti was found and reported on Monday July 13 in St Albans city centre. Picture: Laura  Bill

This graffiti was found and reported on Monday July 13 in St Albans city centre. Picture: Laura Bill

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This is the graffiti seen scrawled over a wall in St Albans city centre today.

The vandalism in response to the Black Lives Matter movement is on a huge board in Waddington Road between O2 and Clinton Cards.

It says “BLM doesn’t mean all lives matter” with “don’t” added in afterwards and then “My bad”.

A spokesperson for Herts police said: “Police are investigating an incident of criminal damage following the appearance of graffiti on a wall on St Peter’s Street, St Albans.

“The council has been advised and a request has been made for its removal.”

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The graffiti follows the flyposting of a sticker carrying a racist slogan in St Albans Conservation Area.

It read ‘Black Crimes Matter’ and claimed statistics of crimes committed in percentages. It was stuck to the window of a house in Fishpool Street.

The resident of the house had no idea it was there and it has now been taken down.

Lib Dem St Albans District councillor Danny Clare, who has been working with the St Albans Black Lives Matter campaign group, said at the time: “I was shocked and disappointed to see this sticker appearing.

“For all the positive work St Albans for Black Lives Matter is doing, supported by many local businesses and institutions, it is such a shame to see the level of animosity and outright racism towards a group dedicated to positive social change.

“The St Albans I live in is one that embraces and celebrates diversity. This has no place here or anywhere else.”

You can report information about this crime online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in their force communications room via online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call their non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 41/54922/20.


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