Mystery England-supporting graffiti artist dubbed ’rounda-banksy’ who has sprayed St George flags on roundabouts is slammed by highways chiefs for vandalism (but they won’t remove them until after World Cup)
- St George’s crosses have been painted over white roundabouts across Essex
- Highway officials branded the activity ‘dangerous’ despite support of locals
- It comes after identical daubings appeared across roads in Great Yarmouth
- Council bosses there said they wouldn’t removed them until after World Cup
A patriotic painter who daubed St George’s cross on roundabouts in support of England this World Cup has been condemned as a ‘vandal’.
Officials discouraged the graffiti artist – who has been dubbed ’rounda-banksy’ after Bristol’s famous spray-painter – after 10 flags appeared across Essex.
After discouraging the ‘dangerous’ behaviour, they advised the mysterious perpetrator to stick to plastic flags.
Patriotic painting has transformed roundabouts across Essex, with residents in Clacton-on-Sea (pictured) welcoming the graffiti
Colchester (pictured) has also seen alterations to its road markings as an artist dubbed ’rounda-banksy’ daubed red crosses across the county
Red crosses have been painted over white roundabouts in Clacton-on-Sea, Colchester and the village of Jaywick.
Restaurant manager Glenn Alligan, 45, said he was happy to see the morale boosters appear in Clacton.
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‘It really puts us on the map as an England supporting town,’ he said. ‘It’s just a laugh and there’s nothing serious about it, it is just people supporting England – it is not vandalism.
‘It’s great people are getting behind it, as long as it doesn’t go over the top.’
Officials have branded the activity ‘dangerous’ and told whoever is responsible to celebrate England’s World Cup efforts with plastic flags
The highways officials’ response has been dismissed by locals who welcomed the patriotic painting
Great Yarmouth has also been treated to the World Cup-themed roundabouts, which cropped up in recent days in Essex
Grandmother Sue Hearn , 56, echoed his views, saying: ‘I can’t see how this is a problem to anybody, they are just supporting their country.’
But Essex Highways said: ‘We would ask residents to refrain from painting anything on roads or roundabouts as not only is it vandalism, it’s also dangerous. Putting a plastic flag on your car might be a harmless alternative.’
The officials have condemned artwork such as this one in Colchester, saying that painting across the roundabouts is dangerous
Crosses have appeared on roundabouts in Essex after similar artwork was also spotted in Norfolk
Drivers have been greeted with World Cup-themed roundabouts by a football-supporting artist who has been compared to Bristol-based Banksy
When fans in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, showed their support for Harry Kane’s heroics in the same fashion earlier this week, council bosses were more supportive.
‘We don’t usually condone unauthorised alterations to roundabouts, but we’re in no hurry to remove this particular example until after the World Cup,’ they said in a statement.
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