A SWASTIKA, offensive language and lewd images were spray painted on a town mural.
The graffiti was daubed on the Union Street underpass sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning (June 30th to July 1).
Criminals defaced artwork by Andy Mills who had created the mural – which is one of 50 pieces of public art – as part of the Roadway Arts Project.
A special anti-graffiti coating was planned to be painted over the mural when it was finished, but work is set to take place until mid July.
Mr Mills, who spent Monday repairing the damage with staff from Redditch Borough Council, said on Facebook he was saddened by the incident.
“I have to say after years of painting murals in just about every major city as well as a lot of towns around the UK, this rarely happens and never so badly defaced as over the weekend.”
He added in his home city of Birmingham many of his pieces had remained untouched for years.
The council have since requested extra patrols by the police to deter any future attacks.
Coun Yvonne Smith, responsible for community safety, said: “Words cannot describe how disappointed I am that someone out there thought it was funny to deface this remarkable piece of unfinished artwork in such an offensive manner.
“The response and support we’ve received from the public has been immense with a wide number of people expressing their shock and anger at the attack as well as expressing their sympathy and encouragement for the artist.
“We cannot thank everyone enough and promise to continue to push on and not let one act of selfishness ruin this project for the wider community.”