Sheffield golden letter box is defaced

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GRAFFITI appeared on Jessica Ennis’s tribute post box just hours after it was painted gold.

Mindless yobs scrawled on the box outside the City Hall in Barkers Pool.

Yesterday the box was repainted and repaired by engineer Stephen Biggin, who also discovered a crack in it.

He said: “My mate did the original paint job on Sunday just hours after Jess won gold and unfortunately someone soon spoiled it with a tiny piece of graffiti.

“I was called in to cover that up when I noticed the crack.

“It seems the box, like the city, is bursting with pride nd I am too. This is certainly a job I will tell my grandkids about.”

Royal Mail bosses contacted Stephen, from Gleadless, who works for Romec Engineering and he was happy to oblige.

First the 53-year-old painted over the tiny bit of graffiti then he set about repairing a crack in the door.

He said: “I’ve been maintaining post boxes around this city for more than 20 years but I’ve never done one as special as this. Jess has done so much good for Sheffield - being asked to do this is a tremendous honour for me.”

James Eadie of Royal Mail said: “We are extremely disappointed someone has chosen to vandalise the gold post box painted to recognise the gold medal winning achievement of Jessica Ennis.

“We have teams around the UK which maintain our post boxes and we have already repaired the damage.”