My Dog Sighs mural at Hilsea Lido is painted over with graffiti tag as suspect seen fleeing with paint roller

A mural by Southsea artist My Dog Sighs was painted over on Sunday morning by a suspect holding a paint roller.

Sunday, 22nd August 2021, 3:59 pm
Updated Sunday, 22nd August 2021, 5:22 pm

Officers were called out at 6.59am to reports of criminal damage at the Hilsea Lido where the mural was being painted over with graffiti.

The artwork, which replaced a previous mural by My Dog Sighs and city artist Fark from five years ago that had faded, features a watery blue background and two eyes with reflections of a person getting out of the pool. Now one of the eyes has been covered over by the tag DMOE.

Police said a white man in his mid to late 20s wearing a hoodie, tracksuit bottoms and carrying a paint roller was seen in the area at the time.

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The completed mural at Hilsea Lido in July last year. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Facebook group Run-Walk-Local-Portsmouth, posted a picture of the damage on its page, with the message: ‘Some moron decided it was a good idea to deface this beautiful piece of art. We are fuming.’

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My Dog Sighs painted one of the walls of the Hilsea Lido in a bid to bring cheer in the pandemic last August.

The wall is of the recently-built sea defences, put up by contractor Knights Brown, protecting the north of the city.

Mural at Hilsea Lido defaced. Pic: Run Walk Local Portsmouth

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Artist My Dog Sighs. Picture: Habibur Rahman