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Billy Fury mural in West Hampstead vandalised with graffiti

PUBLISHED: 09:00 15 November 2011

The Billy Fury mural has been vandalised with graffiti. Picture: Nigel Sutton

The Billy Fury mural has been vandalised with graffiti. Picture: Nigel Sutton

© Nigel Sutton email pictures@nigelsuttonphotography.com

As roads go, Billy Fury Way has had a troubled infancy.

The alleyway’s signs were stolen, it was the victim of fly-tipping, and now the newly-sprayed mural of the rock ‘n’ roll crooner who inspired its name has been vandalised.

Residents were first alerted to the silver graffiti tag on Friday, November 4, near the West End Lane entrance to the path.

Police are yet to track down the culprit.

Only three months ago, the walkway linking Finchley Road and West Hampstead, was treated to a makeover by Graffiti Light as a new beginning for the former crime hotspot.

The path was renamed after it emerged that police had no way of recording crimes on certain alleyways in West Hampstead, because they had no official name.

Following a campaign led by Cllr John Bryant, the road was renamed after the rock star, who recorded some of his best known hits in nearby Decca Studios in Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead.

Police have contacted Graffiti Light to paint over the vandalised mural.

The vandalism comes as an album of “lost” material by the legend has been released.

Known as the “King of Rockabilly”, Fury had more hits than The Beatles in the 1960s and died at the age of 42 in 1983.


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