Watford Underground artwork by West Herts College students vandalized

Student artwork has been removed from the walls of a Watford tube station in an ‘appalling act’ of vandalism.

Eleven teenage artwork from West Herts College was reportedly targeted on Saturday night.

The drainage system was also damaged and the sewage covers appear to have been ripped off and used to smash the frames, which were installed in June.

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Damaged artwork in the St Albans Road underpass. Image: Watford Liberal Democrats

In response to the St Albans Road underpass incident, Nascot Ward Councilor Mark Hofman said: ‘This is an appalling act of senseless crime which has shocked the community. Residents said it was shameful vandalism that ruined many students’ award-winning artwork, which they worked hard to produce for pedestrian enjoyment.

“I am working with Watford Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council to restore the artwork and clean up the damaged frames as quickly as possible.

“Anyone who has seen suspicious activity can contact police quoting crime ref HC-040922-0261. This incident reinforces the community’s call for CCTV in this area, which as a subway complex is largely covered in public view.”

Watford Observer: Students unveil their work in June.  Image: Hertfordshire County CouncilStudents unveil their work in June. Image: Hertfordshire County Council

The Underground, which connects Essex Road and St Johns Road, received a £40,000 investment earlier this year.

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The vandalism comes after artwork by Parmiter pupils on display in the Tube under the A405 in Garston was defaced in August.

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