Racist obscenities are removed from Whittlesey water tower

Graffitti at Whittlesey water tower PHOTO: Shawn Carter

Graffitti at Whittlesey water tower PHOTO: Shawn Carter - Credit: Archant

Racist graffiti has been removed from the Watertower in Whittlesey thanks to teamwork by police and council workers.

Police clean off the graffitti at Whittlesey water tower PHOTO: Shawn Carter

Police clean off the graffitti at Whittlesey water tower PHOTO: Shawn Carter - Credit: Archant

The offensive writing was reported at 8.30am (Monday 6) and by about 11am it had all been painted over.

The matter is now being investigated by police.

A spokesman for Fenland District Council said: “We heard from police at 8.30am today that it was there and our cleansing team went out to it immediately.

“With the police they all had it cleaned up within two hours.

The graffiti has been removed from the water tower at Whittlesey PHOTO: Fencops

The graffiti has been removed from the water tower at Whittlesey PHOTO: Fencops - Credit: Archant


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“It was removed by being painted over.”

On their Fen Cops Twitter page police said: “Great response from Fenland Council - WaterTower Whittlesey no longer features any obscenities.”

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The Whittlesey tower was taken out of service in the 1990s and auctioned at the Cafe Royal in Regent Street, London, with a guide price of £30,000.

Despite speculation that it might be a cafe or private home it has remained empyt and is used as a high point in the Fens that mobile phone masts are attached to.

Whittlesey water tower PHOTO: Fencops

Whittlesey water tower PHOTO: Fencops - Credit: Archant

The land and playing field is maintained by FDC.

Water towers support a tank constructed at a height sufficient to pressurize a water supply system for the distribution of water and to provide emergency storage for fire protection.

An average swimming pool will hold more than 20,000 gallons of water. Most water towers can hold 50 times that amount - that’s one million gallons.

The exact size of a water tower tank can vary greatly, but most are built to hold approximately one day’s water supply.

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