Anger as Bridgnorth Quayside defaced with graffiti
Bridgnorth's Quayside has been spray painted by vandals during a busy weekend in the market town.
The graffiti, which is white and over two foot high, can be seen from the Severn Bridge leading from High Town to Low Town.
The site, which was a former boat landing during the 17th Century, has historical significance and forms a focal display point with hanging baskets and flowerbeds.
Bridgnorth Town Council refurbished the quayside back in 1995 with the assistance of £180,000 of European grant aid and a partnership with English Heritage.
John Tonks, a Bridgnorth resident, said he first discovered the graffiti while on his morning walk on Monday.
"Bridgnorth is such a lovely place and it's going to be ruined," he said.
"I've never seen any graffiti in the town before. I want to put a stop to this, they can't just come here with their spray cans and think they can get away with it.
"I spotted it fist from the bridge and it really stands out. The word looks something like sausage next to a big smiley face."
Several events were held over the weekend, including the town's annual Up the Steps Walk, the Severn Valley's Diesel Gala and and the White Lion's annual Beer Bash, meaning the town saw a big influx of visitors.
The Quayside is a place for quiet reflection and many of the flower beds are maintained by local residents.
"I'm sure the people of Bridgnorth will be appalled. It definitely won't be anyone from Bridgnorth that's done it," added Mr Tonks.
"My friend Hilary looks after the plants on the Quayside in her own time, she doesn't work for the council, and she is going to be so upset. I'd like to be holding her hand when she sees it."
Shropshire Council is responsible for removing graffiti from public places, which can be very costly. The council can be contacted on 0345 678 9006.