‘Burn the rich’: Anarchist graffiti vandals target Tyneside millionaire rank where Newcastle United president and real estate developers have their homes
- Affluent street of former Newcastle United president Freddy Shepherd
- Vandals used pink spray paint to smear ‘Class War’ on the gates of a mansion
- No one has been arrested for damage that will cost hundreds of dollars to clean up
A street lined with mansions that are home to Tyneside’s wealthy and powerful has been the target of anarchist vandals.
“Burn the Rich” was smeared in large pink letters on the sidewalk of Jesmond Park West in Newcastle, with “Class War” also sprayed on the gates of a large property across the street.
Among the locals on the road are former Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd and business mogul Barry Moat.
Crimes: Vandals smeared mansion-lined street in Newcastle’s Jesmond Park West neighborhood with pink graffiti
The vandals are believed to have struck between Sunday evening and Monday morning with their manual labor causing hundreds of damage.
Detectives announced that they were still looking for those responsible for the attacks.
Shepherd, who helped run Newcastle from 1997 to 2007, is estimated to be worth over £ 110million and recently announced a £ 4million development at Walker Offshore Technology Park in the city’s East End, which could create 200 jobs.
His maritime company Shepherd Offshore Group focuses on real estate development, provision of warehousing and distribution services and dock management.
Shepherd’s wife Lorelle said today: “This has never happened to us before or anything like that.
“It has apparently been sprayed on some cars as well and I’m just thankful it’s not that because it’s so hard to get off.”
Posts: In addition to cars and walls, the gates of houses in Jesmond Park West have also been vandalized
Millionaires: Former Newcastle president Freddy Shepherd (left) and business mogul Barry Moat both have homes along Jesmond Park West. The moat gate buzzer was soaked in pink paint by the vandals
Businessman Moat, who attempted to buy Newcastle for £ 100million in 2009, was hit directly by the buzzer on his paint-soaked doors, while a nearby wall showed the symbol’s faint outline anarchist of the circle-A.
A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “Between 10pm Sunday and 8:30 am Monday, vandals sprayed graffiti on a car parked at Tosson Terrace in Heaton.
“At the same approximate time, graffiti was sprayed on the doors of houses, a roundabout and an electrical box in the district of Jesmond Park West.
Scene: Jesmond Park West is one of Tyneside’s wealthiest streets and pictured one of its mansions
Attack: Businessman Barry Moat was targeted when his ringtone was soaked in pink paint, while an anarchist symbol was smeared on a food box elsewhere on the street
“It was a bright pink color and the damage will cost hundreds of pounds to repair and clean up.
“The incidents are being investigated and anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101 citing reference number 283 04/04/16.”