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UK woman, 71, unmasked as culprit behind anti-Brexit graffiti

A 71-year-old widow has been unmasked because the offender behind a collection of anti-Brexit slogans written in chalk all through a city in West Yorkshire, England.

Hazel Jones, a retired trainer from Wakefield, was filmed by a bystander writing “Brexit is based on lies. Reject it,” on a brick wall of a neighborhood faculty on Aug 2.

“Keep seeing this message appear on this wall,” said Carla Petts, who took the 30-second video of Jones. “Thought it must be some youths writing it. Today I spotted the culprit. What a woman!”

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Jones is seen writing the slogan, earlier than placing the white chalk again in her pocket and leaving the world together with her strolling stick in hand.

“Had I recognized I was being filmed I would have dressed up a bit extra,” she instructed The Occasions.

Jones instructed The Occasions she’s been writing political graffiti for the reason that 2016 referendum on whether or not Britain ought to go away the European Union. She mentioned she writes the slogans for her 4 grandchildren, whom she believes have been wronged by her era and the referendum outcome.

“My era has fouled up the prospects of youthful individuals, so it’s my grandchildren that I’m doing it for,” she mentioned.

Jones is a former supporter of the left-wing Labour get together who just lately voted for the center-left Liberal Democrats as a result of they help a second referendum on the EU query, one thing she stands firmly behind.

“All of us need to do our bit and I assume it’s essential that individuals are made conscious of the upcoming disaster that we are going to be confronted with if Brexit goes by way of,” she mentioned. “But if the government chooses to deliberately impose on its own population food shortages, job losses and disruption of medical supplies, they really need not fear old ladies pointing this out.”

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She does not take into account herself a vandal or prison as a result of the slogans are made from chalk, which washes away within the rain and Jones solely writes on public partitions or fences, not on non-public houses.

“My youngsters are apprehensive there could also be reprisals but it surely actually by no means occurred to me that it was an offense,” she said. “It’s simply chalk in any case.”

Her youngsters could have one more reason to fret about reprisals: In response to the BBC, Wakefield voters supported leaving the EU by a margin of roughly two-to-one in 2016.

An early riser, Jones believes she’s gotten away with it as a result of she will get up early and hits the partitions on the best way into city. The widow says she was solely noticed on Aug 2, as a result of she was “somewhat later than standard.”

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When requested what she’s going to do now that she’s been unmasked because the offender, Jones remarked: “I suppose the sport is up now, I cannot carry on doing it anymore.”

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