Mossfield defaced with shinty slur

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Police are appealing for witnesses after another graffiti attack at Mossfield Stadium.

The graffiti on the outside of a changing room wall in red and black Oban Camanachd colours includes mentions of Stephen Sloss, manager of the club’s first team, and Gareth Evans who is the Oban Camanachd second team manager. It also reads ‘Nice One Duffy!’

The graffiti was reported to police on Sunday morning at 10.50am and investigations are at an early stage.

Oban Camanachd president Patrick Steeman branded the graffiti as ‘childish behaviour’ and said the club took ‘a dim view of it’ hoping police will track whoever is responsible.

‘Whoever it is must have a long vendetta because there’s been no competitive shinty played this year. It’s blatant vandalism, just childish behaviour. I don’t know why anyone in their right mind would want to do that kind of thing. I hope the police get to the bottom of it,’ he said.

This act of vandalism comes almost one year after police were called in to investigate a similar incident at the same Mossfield spot, also featuring Sloss’s name. The night before that graffiti was discovered, the shinty club had been celebrating its end of season prizegiving at its 130th year dinner dance at the Royal Hotel. Covid called off much play and this year’s prizegiving.

Mr Steeman added: ‘I don’t know if it’s a coincidence but it’s one year since the last lot of graffiti appeared.

‘There’s people who put a lot of time and effort into our club and to have their names put up there is not nice. I feel bad for them. ‘

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: ‘Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101, quoting incident 1100 of 22 November. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, if you wish to remain anonymous.’


Caption: The offending graffiti scrawled on a changing room wall at Mossfield Stadium, Oban