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Ipswich: Pledge for quick action over offensive County of Suffolk sign

09:00 02 January 2013

The County of Suffolk pub before the vandals struck

The County of Suffolk pub before the vandals struck

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BAD-TASTED jokers created an unsavoury message by removing two letters of a town centre pub sign, leaving passers-by shocked at their crude humour.

The sign outside the County of Suffolk pub, in St Helen’s Street, was altered when letters were removed to spell an offensive word.

The currently disused pub is owned by the Scottish & Newcastle Pub Company, which pledged to take action quickly in light of being informed of the vandalism.

The sign, which is now missing two letters from the word ‘county’, is thought to have been changed in the days leading up to Christmas.

Lucy Hall, spokeswoman for Star Pubs and Bars, said: “We have been made aware that vandals have tampered with the County of Suffolk sign to make it in to an offensive name.”

The spokeswoman said they had been made aware of the sign on New Years Eve and were aiming to get contractors on site as soon as possible.

She said all of the lettering was due to be removed as soon as possible.

A police spokesman said they had no crimes logged over the vandalism.

The pub had its licence revoked in May 2012 following a decision by a licensing committee.

It remains boarded up, despite a successful appeal by Scottish & Newcastle Pub Company to get the licence back.

4 comments

  • I'm quite surprised it lasted so long before someone altered the word! If the vandals could do it so easily how come the contractors take so long to turn up to make it inoffensive?

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    MZH

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Is there REALLY anybody so pathetic that they'd be offended? If there is, they really need to get a life.

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    beerlover

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • What's the most offensive sight I wonder? The word with two missing letters on the pub frontage or the disgusting spectacle of boarded up buildings on both sides of the road with the former Shire Hall looking forlorn, neglected and hardly welcoming to visitors coming into the town from Spring Road direction. I think the corporate vandals have more to be ashamed off than whoever carried out this festive prank.

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    Steve Blake

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Oh why have they done this? Totally agree with Steve blakes comments

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    andy cran

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

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