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Bizarre 'Flat Earth' graffiti sparks criticism from Inverness councillor

By Nicole Webber

Earth is flat graffitti at the southbound layby near the Kessock Bridge in Inverness.
Earth is flat graffitti at the southbound layby near the Kessock Bridge in Inverness.

Signs south of the Kessock Bridge, outside Howdens Garden Centre and atthe old Daviot visitor centre have all been tagged with the line “the Earth is flat”.

It comes just a couple of weeks after identical graffiti was spotted onthe A9 in Tayside.

And an Inverness councillor wants the culprit caught, amid fears theconspiracy theorist’s antics could encourage more vandals.

“We are talking about graffiti in general here. We have a zero tolerancefor graffiti in the Highlands but if we allow this vandal to get awaywith it then it could just be the start,” said Inverness Southcouncillor Duncan Macpherson.

“We need to find out who is doing this and nip it in the bud before itbecomes a bigger issue. What we don’t want is people adding to it.”

He also worries that any increase in graffiti will impact on tourists’perceptions of the Highlands. And the councillor has been takingpictures of the vandalism and sharing it online in a bid to track downthose responsible. He has also written to the police to ask what isbeing done to track down the vandal responsible.

Online complaints about the “Earth is flat” graffiti have comein from as far north as Alness and as far south as Perth. Members of theInverness neighbourhood watch page have also linked the graffiti toleaflets that some residents have received through the post. The leafletincludes a picture of the Earth and a list of conspiracy theories to read and watch on Youtube.

A spokeswoman for Highland Council said: “All vandalism should bereported to police Scotland on 101”.

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