The popular British bookie Stan James has been reported to the police after there was found stencilled graffiti advertising for them on a protected heritage location, the Roman walls of Chester. The Chester council sent the images to the police after they made their discovery, having found dozens of the stencils around the heritage location, allegedly as an advertisement towards the Chester four-day horse racing festival that starts today.
One of the places Stan James added their logo using "Clean Graffiti"
The stencilled graffiti says "Stan James - Who are you with?" and is quite clearly done as a marketing stunt, unfortunately one that was not well received in the community as the incident has been reported as a heritage crime. Stan James disagrees however, as they say it's "clean graffiti", which means that they used a water jet spray over the stencil, instead of spray painting. They say that the "graffiti" will disappear within a few nights and that no harm has been done to the more than 2,000 year old historical sight.
The Roman walls of Chester from 40AD - Where Stan James painted their "Clean Graffiti"
“The process of putting the branding on the pavement is known as 'clean graffiti'. A metal stencil is placed on the ground and the pavement is 'cleaned' with a pressure wash, made of water and washing up liquid, removing dirt from within the stencil." Stan James Spokesman, Garry McGibbon said.
“Once the stencil is removed, it leaves the 'image' that you see on the pavement. There will be no lasting damage/marking to the stone at all. In fact, the pavement is likely to be dirty again within a couple of weeks so the branding completely disappears. We can assure the people of Chester that no lasting damage has been done to any part of the city walls, flagstones or otherwise, as a result of our sponsorship." He further explained to the press.
“We have done this clean graffiti to support our sponsorship of the prestigious Chester Cup, and we have indeed used clean graffiti in Chester for the past two years while supporting this horse race. Because we have never had any negative response in the past we have utilized clean graffiti again this year on the pavements near the racecourse."
“We would apologize if certain quarters feel that better judgment could have been used in terms of location, but would again stress that there is no damage to any part of the city, and there is no repair work necessary.” he ended.