A post box which had been painted gold in recognition of a Teesside rower's Olympic medal success has been vandalised.
The box on Apsley Way, in Stockton was painted on Sunday morning after Kat Copeland and her rowing partner Sophie Hosking won gold in the Women's lightweight quadruple sculls at London 2012.
However the box was vandalised and has had to be repainted by Royal Mail.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “We were made aware of the Olympic gold post box having been vandalised by a member of the public.
"Two girls aged 11 and 15 from outside of the area are believed to be responsible and arrangements are being made by police to speak with them.”
A post box on Teesside has been painted gold in celebration of Kat Copeland's Olympic gold medal success
Rowing pair Kat Copeland and Sophie Hosking won a gold medal in the Women's lightweight double sculls
Kat Copeland has become the North East's first Olympic champion at London 2012, winning the lightweight women's double sculls.