Anger at Bangor junior football team graffiti abuse
Friday 11 January 2013 14:35
VANDALS have daubed obscene graffiti aimed at a junior football club around Bangor.
Furious city councillor and Bangor City Pumas sponsor Christopher O’Neal was appalled at the hurtful slogans on the team’s changing room on Beach Road and at other locations in Hirael.
The graffiti includes the phrase “Puma scum,” foul language and venomous abuse towards team members, who are aged between nine and 16 years.
He said: “They’re writing about young kids who should be playing football together and having fun - they shouldn’t have to be put through that.
The councillor demanded urgent action to bring those responsible to book, and added: ”They need to be caught.”
Cllr O’Neal added that graffiti had also been at the back of a nearby house and at the rear of the bowling green.
He added: “Bangor City Pumas is a voluntary club that anybody and changing a chance to play football - win lose or draw they turn up every week.
“It’s disheartening for the coaches to go to their own changing rooms and see ‘Puma scum’ written there.”
Cllr O’Neal said the vandalism did not “paint a good picture” for visiting teams to what is one of Gwynedd’s busiest pitches.
Gwynedd and Bangor City councillor for Hirael Jean Forsyth said she would meet the area’s police community beat manager regarding the vandalism. She said: “It’s terrible for someone to do this, and it’s unfortunate that it’s happened.
“The graffiti will be removed as soon as possible.”
Cllr O’Neal and other outraged members of the public have reported the vandalism to North Wales Police.
A North Wales Police spokesman said officers were aware of the vandalism and were investigating.