A postbox that was painted gold in Jessica Ennis's home city of Sheffield,
to celebrate her Olympic triumph, has been vandalised.
The graffiti, which read "Go Jess", was scrawled on the postbox in Barkers Pool in the city centre.
A new layer of gold has been applied by Royal Mail, a Sheffield City Council spokeswoman said.
Ennis received the honour for winning the gold medal in heptathlon at the London Games.
One person who saw the graffiti said: "It's disgusting. It's a
shame. I have a lot of respect for Jessica Ennis and what she's done
A Royal Mail spokesman said it was "extremely disappointed" about the vandalism.
"We have teams around the UK which look after and maintain our
115,000 post boxes and we have already repaired the damage to this
box," he added.
Leader of Sheffield City Council Julie Dore said: "We are all
so proud of Jess and her fantastic success, which is not only a great
achievement for her and her team but also is a huge achievement for the
"This is our moment to shine so what a shame it is that
someone has chosen to tarnish this by vandalising a postbox painted gold
in honour of our local hero.
"I hope they feel thoroughly ashamed of themselves."
While I don't condone graffiti this is hardly worthy of BBC news. The people of Sheffield are really proud of Jessica Ennis and I am one of them. There is a person that has directed that enthusiasm in the wrong direction, but for the most part, it was a positive message and I would be a little bit smug if it was my own handy work; having made it on to The BBC news.
Jessica Ennis is a super star and if people get a little bit carried away then so be it, I don't think it's anything to be ashamed of, it's just an expression from the younger generation of Sheffield. JUST DON'T DO IT AGAIN.
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