'Spray-painting church walls was not something Boris mentioned at all'
A cleaning operation has begun in Lynn this morning after residents were dismayed to see a wall in front of a Lynn chapel had been vandalised.
Graffiti was spotted on the wall directly in front of St Nicholas' Chapel's west window on St Ann's Street, and has been reported to police this morning.
Abigail Rawlings, who lives nearby, said a team is currently scrubbing the graffiti off having had permission to do so regarding the coronavirus.
She told the Lynn News: "We’ve been able to scrub some of it off. The street has a lot of very elderly residents and this is the last thing they need while being isolated."
Posting on social media, she added: "I know there are bigger problems in the world at the moment but I am so cross and upset that some idiot has vandalised the St Nicholas' wall.
"First thing I saw this morning and I felt sick."
The chapel had previously been targeted by vandals throwing stones at the west side window in November.
Volunteer John Martin suggested there may have been a link to previous incidents of damage caused to the historic building, related to the use of the bells.
However, Mr Martin said the stone throwing has died down, and he was not aware of today's graffiti as he is self-isolating.
"Spray-painting church walls was not something Boris mentioned at all," he added.
"It does not sound like it is someone reacting to the bells. Bizarre."
Replying to pictures of the graffiti on social media, Gaywood county councillor Thomas Smith said: "Why would you do that ever and why when you're not meant to be out?!"
A spokeswoman for West Norfolk Council said they do not own the wall but are responsible for its repair.
She added: "We have someone going to deal with it as we speak."