Anger after Norwich Black Lives Matter tribute is painted over

The original work by artist Knapple Credit: Knapple

A grafitti tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement has been painted over in Norwich - sparking anger on social media.

Grafitti artist Knapple painted the mural in the underpass in the Pottergate area of the city. But shortly after it went up it was painted over with a block of black paint.

Some critics had claimed that the original artwork had contained an acronym that was offensive to police officers, a claim that the artist denied.

Speaking to our reporter earlier today she said:

Knapple: Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I haven’t used it in that way, I had used it to say all cops were accountable. That’s how I meant it. That's been written in places all over the city and it hasn’t been buffed out, this is a legal graffiti spot and there is no way that should’ve gone."


She was sent messages of support to her Instagram page

Though sad that that someone or a few have done this to your beautiful art little do they realise that painting overt it in solid BLACK paint STILL stands for BLACK LIVES MATTER, so it's win win.

So sorry it's been covered, if I had an end terrace, I'd lend you my wall.

I'm incredibly disappointed this was painted over. Norwich isn't as accepting to all human life as I hoped and thought it was. But again, that's the point isn't it. Racism is everywhere, even where you think it isn't.

But today it emerged that the mural had been painted over by mistake.

Norwich City Council described the moved as a "terrible misunderstanding".

Yesterday, a complaint was made about offensive graffiti in the city. It was made online and went straight through an automated system to our contractor who, unfortunately, took action to paint over the mural. This has been a terrible misunderstanding and we will urgently work with our contractor to correct it.

Norwich City Council

Hundreds of people across the region have rallied behind the Black Lives Matter protests

The protests started in the USA in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd. A police officer has been charged with his murder.

Knapple started to reinstate the painting earlier today

The incident emerged as the region prepares for a series of protests this weekend, including in Peterborough, Cambridge, Ipswich, Norwich, Southend and Northampton.

Our reporter Matthew Hudson spoke to some of the organisers. Watch his report below: