GRAFFITI: Hate scrawl man defiant

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A CITY man who refuses to remove inflammatory graffiti about cats from the exterior of his home could face legal action.

A CITY man who refuses to remove inflammatory graffiti about cats from the exterior of his home could face legal action.Peterborough City Council has been inundated with complaints about the slogans daubed on the side of Rob Moore's house in Eye Road, Dogsthorpe, Peterborough.

The 24-year-old publican and "artist" has been ordered by the council to paint over the words, which are in red and white paint, or be fined 1,000.

But four months on, Mr Moore remains defiant. He says his scrawls are here to stay.

Part of his message reads: "Here kitey (sic). Burn those pussy catz, evil pussy catz. Singe their paws, gouge out his eyes, melt the paws in chip fat. Slice off its head. Parade them on spears and javelin poles."

Mr Moore claimed the council was seeking to deprive him of his right to express himself.

He said: "I'm not going to paint over it. I'll chain myself to the wall if that's what it takes to stop them touching it."

A spokeswoman for the council said today that the graffiti was an advertisement for Mr Moore's artwork.

It must be removed because it had not been granted the necessary permission.

Karen Cornish, spokeswomen for Peterborough City Council, said: "Our legal teams are currently investigating whether we have a case to put this forward for prosecution.

"We believe this is an advert that did not get advertisement consent, which is an offence under the Town and Country Planning Act."

Mr Moore admitted the slogans were designed to provoke a reaction from the community.

He said: "I only did it in the first place to give people something to really moan about rather than the usual things like the weather. And it worked."

Mr Moore is landlord of the Royal Arms Pub, in Eye Road, Dogsthorpe.

'It's just plain disgusting'

A DOGSTHORPE councillor today said he believed the community had had enough of Mr Moore's graffiti.

Councillor Adrian Miners from Dogsthorpe ward said the council should act to forcibly remove the publican's scrawls as soon as possible.

He said: "This isn't art. It's just plain disgusting. The sooner the council throws the book at him, the better.

"Mr Moore is behaving like a child and really needs to grow up.

"I had one of my constituents almost in tears because she has to see it every day.

"So when the council takes action I will have absolutely no sympathy for him."