Row over mural showing gun-toting child soldiers

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GRAFFITI showing graphic images of gun-toting soldiers which was paid for out of a councillor’s fund has been slammed after it was placed next to a children’s play area.

The mural is on a building at council-owned playing fields but the art’s positioning has been lambasted by parents as “irresponsible”.

The artwork on changing rooms at the playing field in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, was commissioned by West Lindsey District Coun David Dobbie, and paid for out of his councillor’s initiative fund.

The new mural, on a legal graffiti wall, shows wanted Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony and his child soldiers with guns.

Coun Dobbie said he intended the art work to raise awareness of Kony’s regime as one of the world’s most wanted men.

Artist James Mayle was asked to produce the design.

But angry parent Amanda Wilson-Hale said her children would not be allowed on the park until the graffiti was gone.

“I think it’s disgusting and wholly irresponsible to put an image like that next to a children’s play park,” she said.

Town Mayor Harry Clarke said: “We are sorry it has happened but it was done without us knowing.”

Coun Dobbie defended the mural and said: “The mural only cost £60. People should be more upset about what Joseph Kony is doing instead of being upset about the painting.”