‘Toerag’ vandals deface Paralympian’s golden postbox

Vandals have damaged a postbox painted gold to celebrate Pamela Relph winning Paralympic gold in 2012
Vandals have damaged a postbox painted gold to celebrate Pamela Relph winning Paralympic gold in 2012
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The family of a Paralympic champion have hit out at the ‘toerags’ who defaced a postbox which was painted gold in her honour.

The postbox in Main Street, Weston Turville, where rower Pamela Relph grew up, was painted gold to mark her success at London 2012, but now graffiti tags are daubed all over it.

Pamela Relph

Pamela Relph

Pamela’s mother Julie said: “We were first aware of this on Friday afternoon when my husband walked past the postbox.

“I went past it this morning (Monday) and the graffiti was still there.

“We have spoken to Royal Mail who will come out and repaint it.

“We want to nip this in the bud, and we have reported it to the police.”

Pamela became a Paralympic rower in 2011 after she started suffering from arthritis and was forced to step down from her position as an Army officer.

Mrs Relph said: “It is massively disappointing what has happened.

“Pam has worked hard to get where she is and some toerag has decided to spoil it.

“You ask yourself that if they do this and think it is acceptable what will they do next - steal from a shop?

“This is the first time anything like has happened to the postbox.

“The reaction since it went up been lovely - people stop to have their pictures taken with it and it is something of a tourist attraction.

“We do not want something like this to happen again.”