Vandals target Canterbury student library and accommodation

Canterbury Christ Church library and student accommodation Palamon Court were spray painted last night.

Palamon Court, a student accommodation has had the words ‘affordable housing?’ spray painted across its windows.

The buildings on Rhoadus Town Road, next to St Augustine library was the target of vandals with a can of spray paint.

a spokesperson for Palamon Court said: “At approximately 4.45am on Fri 22nd Dec – Palamon Court was a victim of mindless Graffiti.

“The comment has been removed now but it had political connotations. We feel sad that someone feels the need to express there views in this way.

“CCCU Library – St Augustine House was also targeted by the same vandal.”

A spokesperson for Kent Police said: “Kent Police was called at 5.02am on Friday 22 December to reports of criminal damage at a private residence on Upper Bridge Street, Canterbury.

”At present no suspects have been identified and anyone with any information is asked to call Kent Police on 101 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting 22-0161.”

The graffiti was accompanied by a tag of ‘FNORD’.

There has been a lot of speculation on social media from residents about the reasoning behind the vandalism, some suggesting the cost of living in Canterbury.

Graffiti at St Augustine Library, Canterbury.

A large premium studio at the ‘luxury accommodation’ costs £180 per week.

Palamon Court is managed by CRM students who say they are supported by the council.

They said: “CRM students would like to confirm that private purpose built student accommodation is supported and encouraged by Canterbury City Council to try and free up affordable accommodation for the residents of Canterbury.

“The more students in PBSA the more housing will become available for the residents of Canterbury.”



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