Vandals scratched graffiti into a controversial new piece of art in Peterborough city centre.
The graffiti, which appears to say ‘a coat of black,’ was spotted on the central reservation on the revamped section of Bourges Boulevard over the weekend.
The metal structure was installed on the stretch outside the railway station as part of £4.5 million works, which were only completed two weeks ago after 14 months of disruption.
Council leader John Holdich said; “It is extremely sad.
“We have made an effort to make the city look good, and look different. Most people who have contacted me have been positive about the reservation rather than negative, so it is depressing someone has done this.
“If we catch them, we will take appropriate action.”
While it will not cost Peterborough City Council any money to repair, there will be more disruption to motorists while the work takes place.
A spokesman said: “We do not condone graffiti of any type especially when it puts lives in danger when carried out on a central reservation.
“This graffiti will be removed by Eurovia in the coming weeks and a lane closure will need to be put into place to allow this. We don’t expect any additional cost for removing this piece however we spend over £50,000 every year removing graffiti across the city.”
The etchings will be removed from the surface of the panel, before a protective surface to allow the repair work to blend in with the rest of the art is applied.