'Shameful' vandals graffiti Olympic hero Jason Kenny's gold post box
One of Olympic cyclist Jason Kenny's two gold post boxes has been daubed with graffiti.
The vandalism was carried out on the post box in the town centre and it appears to read ‘Love JG’.
Bolton’s deputy mayor, Cllr Guy Harkin, said: “I think the person who did this needs to take a leaf out of Jason Kenny’s book and get some trainers on and head to the local gymnasium.
“Jason is a superb young man and an absolute credit to the town and it is shameful that someone has done this. They are a sad and sick individual”
Cllr Nick Peel, Bolton Council’s executive member for the environment, said: “Any form of vandalism is unacceptable but when it is an attack on something that is a symbol of a successful Bolton citizen, then it’s even more idiotic.
“The perpetrators couldn’t shine a light to Jason’s commitment and success — and they know it.” Bolton has two gold post boxes — with the other being located in Churchgate.
“They were painted gold to celebrate Jason’s two gold medals in cycling at the 2012 London Olympics.
Jason’s dad Mike Kenny said: “To be honest, I’m quite surprised it hasn’t happened sooner because some people just can’t help themselves.
“But it doesn’t detract in any way from Jason’s achievements.”
The Royal Mail are responsible for the maintenance of the post boxes and they confirmed that they will be repairing the paintwork.
Royal Mail spokesman, Mike Norman said: “We are extremely disappointed that someone has vandalised the gold post box painted to recognise the gold medal winning achievement of Jason Kenny.
“We have teams around the UK which maintain our 115,000 post boxes and we will repair it as soon as possible.”
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