CWGC team tackles graffiti in Leeds Cemetery
03 October 2012
A Commonwealth War Graves Commission works team has gone
into Leeds (Hunslet New) Cemetery to take on a three-day job to
clean graffiti from the Cross of Sacrifice.
Vandals have painted noughts and crosses on the Cross in heavy
duty silver paint and a specialist team of CWGC masons is required
to get rid of it.
The works supervisor Steve Nellany said the job would cost up to
£400. Normally, the local authority would clean the Cross but the
vandals' paint was so stubborn that the usual pressure cleaning
"Unfortunately this is not a rare occurrence," Steve said.
"Noughts and crosses make a change from the type of obscene
language that appears three or four times a year.
"The trouble this time is that it's proving much harder to
remove so it'll take our works team up to three days to get rid of
Once the Cross of Sacrifice has been restored to its proper
condition, a special anti-graffiti coating will be applied to the
Cross to reduce its adhesiveness. This will make any future
graffiti easier to remove.
(Photograph courtesy of the Yorkshire Evening Post)