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Penshaw Monument graffiti removed after community donations

Graffiti on Penshaw Monument Image copyright National Trust
Image caption The trust hired specialist contractors to clean the masonry

Unprompted donations from members of the public have enabled graffiti on a Grade II listed landmark to be removed.

Large areas of Penshaw Monument, in Wearside, were daubed in red paint on 26 July with symbols believed to be from the film V for Vendetta.

The National Trust, the charity which owns the site, said local businesses and residents had donated £1,500 despite no plea for cash being made.

The trust said the vandalism provoked a "huge and passionate" response.

The trust's area ranger, Gareth Wilson, said he was "incredibly grateful" people had shown "such concern" for the monument.

He said: "This is a place that means so much to so many people. As a charity, the National Trust wouldn't be able to protect it for the enjoyment of everyone without the generosity of donors, members and volunteers."

Those who made a donation included Ron Colledge, a farmer from Easington, as well as Barclays Bank.

The monument, which was built in 1844 in the form of a Greek Temple, stands 446ft (136m) above sea level. It is based on the design of the Theseion, the Temple of Hephaestus, in Athens.

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