Vandals throw paint mixed with excrement over door of Brighton home

Vandals throw paint mixed with excrement over door

Vandals throw paint mixed with excrement over door

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Neighbours fear they have been targeted after red paint was chucked over their door and inside their letterbox.

Residents of the four-flat property in Lancaster Road, Seven Dials, woke to see paint splattered on the communal door and sinking into the floorboards inside.

And after causing a terrible smell they believe the paint was mixed with excrement.

No-one else on the street suffered the same and the residents have no idea why they have been apparently singled-out.

Royal Sussex County Hospital doctor Gill Jones, who lives in the building, said: “My husband noted a horrible smell in our shared entrance hall at 5.30am and when he opened the front door found gloss red paint on the floor, door and walls of the entrance.

“Our interior carpet has also been taken up since and the floorboards removed to eradicate the smell of the liquid poured through our letterbox. The smell reminds me of when a dog rolls in fox excrement. We do not know what this is about and that makes it worse.

“I have gone out and bought extra smoke alarms – what else might they pour through the letter box - what else is this about?”

The residents have reported the matter to police, who are asking anyone with any information to get in touch.

A Sussex Police spokesman said they are not aware of any similar reports.

Neighbour Jane Currie, who is disabled and housebound, said: “At first we thought it was just red paint but after a little while and especially in this heat it became apparent that there was excrement there as well.

“It was horrendous, really horrendous. I spoke to someone at the council who said this is a 999 call – you are old and vulnerable and it is excrement which is an environmental hazard.”

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Police were informed that paint had been thrown at a front door of a block of flats on Wednesday.

“The incident is thought to have happened between 7pm on Tuesday, July 15 and 5.30am on Wednesday.

“Police are appealing to anyone who saw what happened or have any information about it to contact police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 482 of 16/7.”

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6:33am Tue 22 Jul 14

Martin999 says...

Time to install a CCTV camera. Cheaper than replacing the floorboards.
Time to install a CCTV camera. Cheaper than replacing the floorboards. Martin999
  • Score: 16

7:20am Tue 22 Jul 14

qm says...

"I spoke to someone at the council who said this is a 999 call – you are old and vulnerable and it is excrement which is an environmental hazard.”

I am not sure that Sussex Police, ESFS or the paramedics would agree with being called out on 'poo patrol' ! Methinks "someone at the council" needs a rethink on 'policy'. Sure the Police must deal with the incident but the 'cleanup' is hardly the responsibility of the emergency services.

Lets hope the perpetrators are caught - most unpleasant business.
"I spoke to someone at the council who said this is a 999 call – you are old and vulnerable and it is excrement which is an environmental hazard.” I am not sure that Sussex Police, ESFS or the paramedics would agree with being called out on 'poo patrol' ! Methinks "someone at the council" needs a rethink on 'policy'. Sure the Police must deal with the incident but the 'cleanup' is hardly the responsibility of the emergency services. Lets hope the perpetrators are caught - most unpleasant business. qm
  • Score: 21

7:29am Tue 22 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

qm wrote:
"I spoke to someone at the council who said this is a 999 call – you are old and vulnerable and it is excrement which is an environmental hazard.”

I am not sure that Sussex Police, ESFS or the paramedics would agree with being called out on 'poo patrol' ! Methinks "someone at the council" needs a rethink on 'policy'. Sure the Police must deal with the incident but the 'cleanup' is hardly the responsibility of the emergency services.

Lets hope the perpetrators are caught - most unpleasant business.
A property has been attacked......of course the police should be alerted.
[quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: "I spoke to someone at the council who said this is a 999 call – you are old and vulnerable and it is excrement which is an environmental hazard.” I am not sure that Sussex Police, ESFS or the paramedics would agree with being called out on 'poo patrol' ! Methinks "someone at the council" needs a rethink on 'policy'. Sure the Police must deal with the incident but the 'cleanup' is hardly the responsibility of the emergency services. Lets hope the perpetrators are caught - most unpleasant business.[/p][/quote]A property has been attacked......of course the police should be alerted. stevo!!
  • Score: 1

7:38am Tue 22 Jul 14

tykemison says...

Humans very rarely target innocents in this manner, unless the dimwits got given the wrong address that is!!
Humans very rarely target innocents in this manner, unless the dimwits got given the wrong address that is!! tykemison
  • Score: 11

7:58am Tue 22 Jul 14

qm says...

stevo!! wrote:
qm wrote:
"I spoke to someone at the council who said this is a 999 call – you are old and vulnerable and it is excrement which is an environmental hazard.”

I am not sure that Sussex Police, ESFS or the paramedics would agree with being called out on 'poo patrol' ! Methinks "someone at the council" needs a rethink on 'policy'. Sure the Police must deal with the incident but the 'cleanup' is hardly the responsibility of the emergency services.

Lets hope the perpetrators are caught - most unpleasant business.
A property has been attacked......of course the police should be alerted.
Did you miss the "Sure the Police must deal with the incident" bit???
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: "I spoke to someone at the council who said this is a 999 call – you are old and vulnerable and it is excrement which is an environmental hazard.” I am not sure that Sussex Police, ESFS or the paramedics would agree with being called out on 'poo patrol' ! Methinks "someone at the council" needs a rethink on 'policy'. Sure the Police must deal with the incident but the 'cleanup' is hardly the responsibility of the emergency services. Lets hope the perpetrators are caught - most unpleasant business.[/p][/quote]A property has been attacked......of course the police should be alerted.[/p][/quote]Did you miss the "Sure the Police must deal with the incident" bit??? qm
  • Score: 18

8:20am Tue 22 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

qm wrote:
stevo!! wrote:
qm wrote:
"I spoke to someone at the council who said this is a 999 call – you are old and vulnerable and it is excrement which is an environmental hazard.”

I am not sure that Sussex Police, ESFS or the paramedics would agree with being called out on 'poo patrol' ! Methinks "someone at the council" needs a rethink on 'policy'. Sure the Police must deal with the incident but the 'cleanup' is hardly the responsibility of the emergency services.

Lets hope the perpetrators are caught - most unpleasant business.
A property has been attacked......of course the police should be alerted.
Did you miss the "Sure the Police must deal with the incident" bit???
No, I saw it.

I also saw the "I am not sure that Sussex Police, ESFS or the paramedics would agree with being called out on 'poo patrol' !" bit, in which you inferred that the police had been called out just to clean a door.

They weren't.

They were called to examine a crime scene....the last I checked, that was part of the job description.
[quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: "I spoke to someone at the council who said this is a 999 call – you are old and vulnerable and it is excrement which is an environmental hazard.” I am not sure that Sussex Police, ESFS or the paramedics would agree with being called out on 'poo patrol' ! Methinks "someone at the council" needs a rethink on 'policy'. Sure the Police must deal with the incident but the 'cleanup' is hardly the responsibility of the emergency services. Lets hope the perpetrators are caught - most unpleasant business.[/p][/quote]A property has been attacked......of course the police should be alerted.[/p][/quote]Did you miss the "Sure the Police must deal with the incident" bit???[/p][/quote]No, I saw it. I also saw the "I am not sure that Sussex Police, ESFS or the paramedics would agree with being called out on 'poo patrol' !" bit, in which you inferred that the police had been called out just to clean a door. They weren't. They were called to examine a crime scene....the last I checked, that was part of the job description. stevo!!
  • Score: -28

8:28am Tue 22 Jul 14

qm says...

@stevo!! Wrong! The inference was the suggestion by "someone at the council" that the emergency service should be involved because this was an "environmental' issue. Anyway, I can have less frustrating discourse arguing with myself in a mirror. End of discussion!
@stevo!! Wrong! The inference was the suggestion by "someone at the council" that the emergency service should be involved because this was an "environmental' issue. Anyway, I can have less frustrating discourse arguing with myself in a mirror. End of discussion! qm
  • Score: 16

8:45am Tue 22 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

qm wrote:
@stevo!! Wrong! The inference was the suggestion by "someone at the council" that the emergency service should be involved because this was an "environmental' issue. Anyway, I can have less frustrating discourse arguing with myself in a mirror. End of discussion!
No-one at the council gave "environmental issue." as the reason as to why the police should be called.

We don't know how many residents called the police, but we know that more than one did:

"The residents have reported the matter to police...."

We also know that at least one resident reported the matter FIRST to the council, where she was advised to call the police because she was:

"old and vulnerable "

The police clearly thought that they should be involved in the matter.

HTH
[quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: @stevo!! Wrong! The inference was the suggestion by "someone at the council" that the emergency service should be involved because this was an "environmental' issue. Anyway, I can have less frustrating discourse arguing with myself in a mirror. End of discussion![/p][/quote]No-one at the council gave "environmental issue." as the reason as to why the police should be called. We don't know how many residents called the police, but we know that more than one did: "The residents have reported the matter to police...." We also know that at least one resident reported the matter FIRST to the council, where she was advised to call the police because she was: "old and vulnerable " The police clearly thought that they should be involved in the matter. HTH stevo!!
  • Score: -36

9:36am Tue 22 Jul 14

Max Ripple says...

Whilst arguing about the semantics of the article and police response You all seem to have missed the point that families have been attacked in an extremely unpleasant and frightening manner. Nobody knows who did it, why they did it and whether it might happen again. Yes, it could be a case of mistaken identity or address but that tells us that the perpetrators were prepared to do it to someone else. "Humans rarely attack innocents" you say - well I'm afraid they do. Just look at the Paediatrician who was beaten up a while back when morons thought he was something else entirely.
I hope these families get through this ok and the idiots are caught somehow.
Whilst arguing about the semantics of the article and police response You all seem to have missed the point that families have been attacked in an extremely unpleasant and frightening manner. Nobody knows who did it, why they did it and whether it might happen again. Yes, it could be a case of mistaken identity or address but that tells us that the perpetrators were prepared to do it to someone else. "Humans rarely attack innocents" you say - well I'm afraid they do. Just look at the Paediatrician who was beaten up a while back when morons thought he was something else entirely. I hope these families get through this ok and the idiots are caught somehow. Max Ripple
  • Score: 23

10:27am Tue 22 Jul 14

RootyRoo says...

At the end of the day this is a crime and the police should of been contacted. Whether they do anything about it is a different matter.
At the end of the day this is a crime and the police should of been contacted. Whether they do anything about it is a different matter. RootyRoo
  • Score: 4

3:07pm Tue 22 Jul 14

sussexram40 says...

This won't have been an indiscriminate attack. My view is that it was aimed at one of the occupants of the building.
We learn there are 4 flats here. So who occupies them and what are they getting up to.
This won't have been an indiscriminate attack. My view is that it was aimed at one of the occupants of the building. We learn there are 4 flats here. So who occupies them and what are they getting up to. sussexram40
  • Score: 0

8:31pm Tue 22 Jul 14

NickBrt says...

i had some paint mixed at Homebase once but they didn't offer to add excrement.
i had some paint mixed at Homebase once but they didn't offer to add excrement. NickBrt
  • Score: 7

8:41pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Nikski says...

sussexram40 wrote:
This won't have been an indiscriminate attack. My view is that it was aimed at one of the occupants of the building.
We learn there are 4 flats here. So who occupies them and what are they getting up to.
No sh*t Sherlock! Ever thought of joining the police force? Sounds like they need you....
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: This won't have been an indiscriminate attack. My view is that it was aimed at one of the occupants of the building. We learn there are 4 flats here. So who occupies them and what are they getting up to.[/p][/quote]No sh*t Sherlock! Ever thought of joining the police force? Sounds like they need you.... Nikski
  • Score: 2

10:03pm Tue 22 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

Nikski wrote:
sussexram40 wrote:
This won't have been an indiscriminate attack. My view is that it was aimed at one of the occupants of the building.
We learn there are 4 flats here. So who occupies them and what are they getting up to.
No sh*t Sherlock! Ever thought of joining the police force? Sounds like they need you....
He did state that it was only a view.

He doesn't claim to have inside knowledge on the exact motives.

YOU, on the other hand, claim to know what the motive was and that one of the residents was targeted............
you don't know unless you're involved.

So keep the personal stuff off the thread, OK?
[quote][p][bold]Nikski[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: This won't have been an indiscriminate attack. My view is that it was aimed at one of the occupants of the building. We learn there are 4 flats here. So who occupies them and what are they getting up to.[/p][/quote]No sh*t Sherlock! Ever thought of joining the police force? Sounds like they need you....[/p][/quote]He did state that it was only a view. He doesn't claim to have inside knowledge on the exact motives. YOU, on the other hand, claim to know what the motive was and that one of the residents was targeted............ you don't know unless you're involved. So keep the personal stuff off the thread, OK? stevo!!
  • Score: -7

10:04pm Tue 22 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

NickBrt wrote:
i had some paint mixed at Homebase once but they didn't offer to add excrement.
If it was their own brand, it probably already contained it.
[quote][p][bold]NickBrt[/bold] wrote: i had some paint mixed at Homebase once but they didn't offer to add excrement.[/p][/quote]If it was their own brand, it probably already contained it. stevo!!
  • Score: -2

10:21pm Tue 22 Jul 14

sussexram40 says...

I don't know anything about this incident or who did it or why. I just think it would be strange for someone to do this to a specific door without some sort of motive. But then again, it may have just been a random act of vandalism. Hopefully the Police will get to the bottom of it.
I don't know anything about this incident or who did it or why. I just think it would be strange for someone to do this to a specific door without some sort of motive. But then again, it may have just been a random act of vandalism. Hopefully the Police will get to the bottom of it. sussexram40
  • Score: 1

11:05pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Levent says...

It's no worse than the mess we see in ANY park in Brighton, after you "libs"
decided to never fine anyone under any circumstances for not clearing their dogs' mess up. I'd therefore be amazed if throwing excrement was even a criminal offence in Green run Brighton? But as they say..sh1t happens!!
It's no worse than the mess we see in ANY park in Brighton, after you "libs" decided to never fine anyone under any circumstances for not clearing their dogs' mess up. I'd therefore be amazed if throwing excrement was even a criminal offence in Green run Brighton? But as they say..sh1t happens!! Levent
  • Score: -5

7:07am Wed 23 Jul 14

brighton bluenose says...

Levent wrote:
It's no worse than the mess we see in ANY park in Brighton, after you "libs"
decided to never fine anyone under any circumstances for not clearing their dogs' mess up. I'd therefore be amazed if throwing excrement was even a criminal offence in Green run Brighton? But as they say..sh1t happens!!
You sound like an absolute tw@t!!
[quote][p][bold]Levent[/bold] wrote: It's no worse than the mess we see in ANY park in Brighton, after you "libs" decided to never fine anyone under any circumstances for not clearing their dogs' mess up. I'd therefore be amazed if throwing excrement was even a criminal offence in Green run Brighton? But as they say..sh1t happens!![/p][/quote]You sound like an absolute tw@t!! brighton bluenose
  • Score: 5

9:45am Wed 23 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

sussexram40 wrote:
I don't know anything about this incident or who did it or why. I just think it would be strange for someone to do this to a specific door without some sort of motive. But then again, it may have just been a random act of vandalism. Hopefully the Police will get to the bottom of it.
My comment wasn't aimed at you but at Nikski.

I agree with you that something drove someone to go to all that trouble.
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: I don't know anything about this incident or who did it or why. I just think it would be strange for someone to do this to a specific door without some sort of motive. But then again, it may have just been a random act of vandalism. Hopefully the Police will get to the bottom of it.[/p][/quote]My comment wasn't aimed at you but at Nikski. I agree with you that something drove someone to go to all that trouble. stevo!!
  • Score: -10

12:03pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Fairfax Aches says...

There seems to be more than meets the eye in this incident, I recommend the council and the RSPCA conduct a full investigation.
There seems to be more than meets the eye in this incident, I recommend the council and the RSPCA conduct a full investigation. Fairfax Aches
  • Score: -2

9:41pm Wed 23 Jul 14

JeevesMcMontague says...

There's no smoke without fire. The residents must be some awful people.
There's no smoke without fire. The residents must be some awful people. JeevesMcMontague
  • Score: -10

11:04pm Wed 23 Jul 14

brighton bluenose says...

JeevesMcMontague wrote:
There's no smoke without fire. The residents must be some awful people.
There's nothing like making an assumption based on your own ignorance to pre-judge people is there?! Shockingly ill-informed post!!
[quote][p][bold]JeevesMcMontague[/bold] wrote: There's no smoke without fire. The residents must be some awful people.[/p][/quote]There's nothing like making an assumption based on your own ignorance to pre-judge people is there?! Shockingly ill-informed post!! brighton bluenose
  • Score: 9

10:26am Sat 26 Jul 14

Bartram says...

Ever heard of DNA ?
Ever heard of DNA ? Bartram
  • Score: 1

7:19pm Tue 5 Aug 14

mingusmonk says...

Bartram wrote:
Ever heard of DNA ?
No.
[quote][p][bold]Bartram[/bold] wrote: Ever heard of DNA ?[/p][/quote]No. mingusmonk
  • Score: 1

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