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Rolf Harris artwork to be removed from University campus

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A self-portrait by TV presenter Rolf Harris is to be scrubbed from the walls of a Midlands university.

Bosses at Coventry University plan to get rid of the caricature, which has remained in place nearly three years after Harris was convicted of child sex offences.

The drawing, done in the former entertainer’s trademark style, was penned during his second visit to the Priory Place building in 1995.

It was only after the matter was raised by former student Joe Rukin that action has now been agreed.

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Joe worked in the building when it acted as the Students’ Union, at the time Harris visited, and revealed that he painted two pictures.

There was also a cartoon on the backstage wall, done during his 1993 visit, but that one was painted over.

And despite the number of times the walls have re-painted, the abuser’s other portrait remains.

“He did a picture in 1993 that wasn’t that good, he came back and did a self-portrait in 1996. The first picture got painted over but the other remained. You can see they’ve painted around it. Someone has written ‘pervert’ next to it in normal pen. I was rather surprised to see it still there. I thought it would have been painted over before now, he’s been convicted, after all.”

– Former student Joe Rukin
The 86-year-old was convicted in 2014 of 12 counts of indecent assault on young girls and sentenced to nearly six years in jail. Credit: ITV News.

A spokesman for the university said they were aware of the drawing and are in the process of getting it removed.

The 86-year-old was convicted in 2014 of 12 counts of indecent assault on young girls and sentenced to nearly six years in jail. He is currently facing a second trial on further allegations, viewing proceedings from his Stafford prison cell.