Police launch investigation after Uni of Manchester building vandalised with red paint

Manchester Museum and Queens Arch are located opposite Brunswick Park, where a pro-Palestine encampment is still ongoing

The Manchester Museum and Queens Arch were covered in red spray paint in an act of vandalism earlier this week.

Blood red paint was sprayed across the front of the notorious university building in the early hours of Monday morning. Lines of paint were also splattered across windows and around the “University of Manchester” sign located on the building.

The university since hired specialist contractors to remove the paint from the building, as cleaners were seen spraying a solution onto the walls. Barriers were erected around the affected area as cleaning was carried out.

The vandalism on the Grade-II Listed building took place directly opposite the pro-Palestine encampment on Brunswick Park, where students continue to camp in solidarity with Gaza.

No one has claimed responsibility for the act, although CCTV footage was handed over to the police by the University of Manchester. An investigation into the incident has been launched.

Referring to the act as “criminal vandalism”, a spokesperson for the University of Manchester said: “In the early hours of the morning, 13th May, the university and Manchester Museum were subject to an act of criminal vandalism.

“If you are coming on to campus today, you may see that there has been some criminal damage primarily to the Manchester Museum and Queens Arch, with paint sprayed over part of the building early this morning.

“We have CCTV footage of the incident and are working with Greater Manchester Police who are investigating the incident.

“Meanwhile, specialist paint removal contractors have been called and will be dealing with the damage as soon as possible. The Museum will be open as usual.”

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