Homophobic and Nazi graffiti appears on historic Edinburgh landmark Jacob's Ladder

The homophobic graffiti has appeared on one Edinburgh's well-known landmarks. PIC: Antony Lee
The homophobic graffiti has appeared on one Edinburgh's well-known landmarks. PIC: Antony Lee
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'Hateful' homophobic graffiti has appeared on one of Edinburgh's most loved landmarks, Jacob's Ladder, for the second time in a matter of weeks.

The blue writing, which reads 'No more gays' followed by the Nazi Swastika symbol, was posted on Twitter this morning (Tuesday).

Jacob's Ladder. TOM DUFFIN, Tom Duffin Photograp

Jacob's Ladder. TOM DUFFIN, Tom Duffin Photograp

Antony Brown, who took the photo to flag the graffiti to Edinburgh Council, wrote alongside the picture: "Upset to have to report that the hateful homophobic/nazi graffiti on Jacob's Ladder in Edinburgh has returned this morning.

"Clearly there's a nasty ongoing problem here that needs dealing with."

READ MORE: Edinburgh’s Jacob’s Ladder to be reborn after £150,000 makeover

Edinburgh's Twitter helpline responded to the tweet, saying: "Good morning Antony, thanks for letting us know!

Jacob's Ladder TOM DUFFIN, Tom Duffin Photograp

Jacob's Ladder TOM DUFFIN, Tom Duffin Photograp

"I have raised a job to get this removed under reference 844047. "

Councillor Amy McNeese-Mechan, vice convener for Culture and Communities, said: “This graffiti is utterly deplorable and is extremely offensive especially as the country was only last week remembering those who had paid the ultimate sacrifice for their countries at Dunkirk.

"Offensive graffiti in all forms is a criminal offence and is not only an eyesore for residents and visitors to Edinburgh, but can cause permanent damage to some of the city’s most iconic, historic buildings and structures. Jacob’s Ladder was only re-opened earlier this year after a £150,000 restoration to its stonework so this vandalism is completely unacceptable.

"I would urge anyone with information on individuals that may have committed this offensive act to contact Police Scotland."

This isn't the first time scrawlings of this nature have appeared on Jacob's Ladder.

Just last week, Antony tweeted Edinburgh Council wishing to report more homophobic language - which has since been cleaned off.

But the vandals have struck again on a site which only recieved a £150,000 makeover at the start of the year.

Overgrown vegetation and unsightly graffiti was removed using environmentally-friend chemicals to ensure the historic stonework was not damaged.

READ MORE: Here are 8 images of Edinburgh’s Jacob’s Ladder which has been given a £150,000 makeover

Named after Jacob’s dream sequence in the Bible, the route - which links the Scottish Government’s headquarters, Calton Hill and the old Royal High School with Calton Road and Waverley Station - first appeared on a city map in 1784.

Named after Jacob’s dream sequence in the Bible, the route - which links the Scottish Government’s headquarters, Calton Hill and the old Royal High School with Calton Road and Waverley Station - first appeared on a city map in 1784.

And the Edinburgh World Heritage trust, who led the fundraising campaign for the makeover, have urged members of the public like Antony to be vigilent and report any vandalism they see.

Nicholas Hotham, Head of External Relations for Edinburgh World Heritage, said: "It's unfortunate and it needs to be addressed immediately.

"The key is to act quickly and be as vigilant as possible, we urge members of the public to make the Council aware as soon as they see anything like this.

"Compared to a lot of European cities, Edinburgh isn't the worst. It is quite rare we have a problem with old buildings in Edinburgh but the jkey is to report it as quickly as possible when it does happen."

Edinburgh Council have been contacted by the Evening News and it is understood the graffiti is in the process of being removed.