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Human poo found on benches done up for Cornwall Pride

Human poo found on benches done up for Cornwall Pride

Published by Emma Carton at 6:42am 26th July 2018. (Updated at 7:37am 26th July 2018)

Human poo has been found smeared on benches in Newquay, painted in rainbow colours for Cornwall Pride.

Abusive messages were also discovered, carved into seats in the Killacourt area.

It happened just a day after they were decorated to celebrate the LGBT community.

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Human poo and abusive messages have been found on benches painted for Cornwall Pride in Newquay

Pride organiser Nathaniel Charles has told Pirate FM police are combing though CCTV.

"We turned up the next day, at seven o'clock in the morning, and found that someone had vandalised one of the benches.

"Sadly, it had been in part of the oil-based paint, not the water-based paint, which means they actually indented and grooved whatever they spelt into the paint itself.

"We were very upset. It feels like someone's just tarnished it and made something that was really positive and fun and energetic - they stripped that back and took it away".

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Volunteers worked for hours to paint the benches in Newquay rainbow colours for Cornwall Pride, only to find them vandalised

Devon and Cornwall Police are urging anyone who saw something to come forward, calling it "distasteful criminal damage".

"Police are investigating the defacing of a bench in Newquay that took place over the weekend.

"A number of benches in the area have been painted to help celebrate the Pride event which is taking place shortly.

"It has been reported that one bench in The Crescent had been defecated on; a distasteful message was also scrawled across the bench.

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Police in Newquay are combing CCTV for clues and appealing for witnesses after human poo and abusive messages were found on benches painted for Cornwall Pride

"Police are currently in the midst of reviewing CCTV of the area.

"It is clear that someone will know who is responsible for this distasteful criminal damage, and we urge that they come forward and speak to the police.

"We will not accept intolerance within Devon and Cornwall".

If you have any information that can help police please contact 101@dc.police.uk quoting crime reference CR/65978/18. You can also give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111".

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