Compensation paid by Matson vandal for damaging Gloucester landmark
VANDAL Lee Edwards has been ordered to pay compensation after damaging a historic Gloucester landmark.
Edwards, 20, spray-painted Grade I Listed Greyfriars Church and was ordered to pay £285 compensation.
The money covered the cost of specialist cleaners who have successfully removed the offending paint from the soft porous limestone walls.
Edwards, of Matson Lane, Gloucester, was also given a conditional discharge for 12 months by Cheltenham Magistrates' Court.
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Hugh Beamish, inspector of ancient monuments for English Heritage, said: "Greyfriars was originally established in the 13th Century but largely demolished after the mid 16th Century. We hope by highlighting the severity of this case that it will discourage others from carrying out the same mindless act."