Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Rolf Harris mural removed from Sheffield building

Wall where Rolf Harris mural has been removed
Image caption The mural was thought to have been painted on the wall near Shoreham Street after a previous piece of Rolf Harris' artwork in Sheffield was destroyed in the 1970s.

A mural of Rolf Harris, which has been on a building in Sheffield for more than 20 years, has been painted over.

The entertainer was jailed for five years and nine months after he was found guilty of indecently assaulting girls aged seven to 19.

Harris is believed to have painted the self-portrait in the early 1990s on the wall of the Sheffield Archives.

Labour councillor Isobel Bowler said to keep the mural on show was inappropriate.

"To have a mural depicting a convicted child abuser, it's not appropriate at all," Ms Bowler said.

Image caption Sheffield Council contractors were sent to examine the wall on Friday morning

She added that it would be replaced with street art.

Harris is thought to have painted the mural on the wall near Shoreham Street in the city centre after a previous piece of his artwork in Sheffield had been destroyed.

The previous work was painted at Sheaf Valley Swimming Baths in 1972, but the pool was demolished in 1991.

Meanwhile, following Harris's conviction, Liverpool Hope University said it had withdrawn an honorary degree he had been awarded in 2010.

A spokesperson said: "[The] University Council decided at its meeting held on 3 July 2014 to withdraw the University's honorary award given to Rolf Harris in January 2010.

"This has been communicated to Mr Harris's legal representatives."

Image caption The mural of Rolf Harris has been on the side of the Sheffield Archives building since the 1990s

Related Topics

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites