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Jessica Ennis gold postbox in Sheffield vandalised

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Published: 8th Aug 2012 10:14:06

A postbox that was painted gold in Jessica Ennis's home city of Sheffield, to celebrate her Olympic triumph, has been vandalised.

The graffiti was scrawled on the postbox in Barkers Pool in the city centre.

A new layer of gold has been applied by a Royal Mail engineer, a Sheffield City Council spokeswoman said.

Ennis received the honour for winning the gold medal in heptathlon at the London Games.

One person who saw the graffiti said: "It's disgusting. It's a shame. I have a lot of respect for Jessica Ennis and what she's done for Sheffield."

A Royal Mail spokesman said it was "extremely disappointed" about the vandalism.

"We have teams around the UK which look after and maintain our 115,000 post boxes and we have already repaired the damage to this box," he added.

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