A brazen vandal daubed graffiti over the shutters of a Preston convenience store in broad daylight.
It took just two minutes for the offender to spray paint his “tag” across two of Sailesh Patel’s metal shutters, on Sunday morning at around 6.15am but managed to cause £200 worth of damage.
Mr Patel, who lives above the St George’s News shop on St George’s Road, Preston, with his wife, Nilam, said he was “taken aback” when he discovered the bright green graffiti.
“The shutters are automatically opened inside the shop so I hadn’t noticed it when we opened first thing,” he said, “but when I closed them for the evening and went outside to tidy up, there it was.”
CCTV footage shows the graffiti artist spray the paint across two shutters, incredibly in broad daylight and in full view of the camera.
This is the first time anything like this has happened to Mr Patel since he opened the shop in 1978.
He said: “I have seen tags like this elsewhere but you never think it will happen to you.
“It is fine to have this kind of art but why can’t they do it on their own property instead of damaging someone else’s?”
Mr Patel contacted Lancashire County Council who sent workers round to clean the paint from the shutters.
“It is just a complete waste of everyone’s time,” he said.
“It is a waste of time for the cleaners, for mine, and for the police to investigate.
“My shop is quite prominent on this corner so I keep it well maintained and the someone comes along and does this.”
A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We are looking into the incident but anyone with information should contact 101 quoting incident number 325 of April 20.