Marcus Rashford: Police release CCTV footage in hunt for mural vandal

Police have released CCTV footage of a man they want to speak to over the vandalism of a mural of England footballer Marcus Rashford.

Marcus Rashford on the wall of the Coffee House Cafe on Copson Street, Withington

No arrests have been made over the defacing of the artwork in Withington, Manchester, following England’s penalty shootout loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

The word “f***” was scrawled over the mural in Copson Street and the words “s***” and “b******” were also written beside the word “Sancho”.

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Rashford and his teammates Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho, who all missed penalties, were targeted with racist abuse on social media after the game on Sunday July 11.

CCTV footage from that evening shows a man with his hood up acting suspiciously near the mural on the side wall of the Coffee House Cafe.

A Greater Manchester Police spokeswoman said: “We have followed all lines of inquiry available following the vandalism of a mural on Copson Street, Withington, in the aftermath of the European Championship final earlier this year in July.

“Since the incident, officers have carried out a vast amount of CCTV checks and now have footage of a man they would like to speak to.

“The footage is not the best quality but is part of our efforts to exhaust all of the opportunities we have to find whoever is responsible.

“Anyone with information can report it online at www.gmp.police.uk, or call 0161 856 4973 quoting incident 453 of 12/07/2021. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.””

The mural was later covered with messages of support from members of the public and artist Akse P19 repainted his monochrome depiction of the England and Manchester United player.