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Council apologies for painting over Stormzy Grenfell mural

INSPIRED: The mural in Croydon (Photo credit: RISE Gallery)

STORMZY'S ROUSING performance at the 2018 BRIT Awards, where he hit out at Theresa May and the stagnant process of the Grenfell Tower enquiry, struck the cords of many - so much so that a mural was created in honour of his words, but was controversially painted over by Croydon council.

The mural on Katharine Street dedicated lyrics from the grime artist's memorable performance. During a freestyle rap, he said: "Theresa May where's the money for Grenfell? What you thought we just forgot about Grenfell?

"You criminals, and you've got the cheek to call us savages, you should do some jail time, you should pay some damages, you should burn your house down and see if you can manage this."

Those words were then put on display in a mural created by artist Edwin, but was removed by the council less than a month after its completion.

A council spokeswoman said to the Croydon Guardian: “The council’s graffiti team routinely respond to reports of graffiti and were acting in good faith in removing this. "However, on this occasion an error in judgment was made.

“We have apologised to the artist and have invited them to repaint the piece.

"Croydon is very proud of its collection of street art and we will be speaking with staff about how they asses murals to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

The mural has now been repainted just days after it was painted over in what the council called an "error of judgement".

Following Stormzy's performance in February, the star used his social media to encourage his followers to sign an online petition, to call on the PM to take action to build public trust in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

The petition has now received 155,942 signatures, and it's been confirmed that the debate on this will take place on May 14, 2018.

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