Dartford Residents Shocked as Postboxes Transformed into Popular Characters and Treats

Dartford Residents Shocked as Postboxes Transformed into Popular Characters and Treats

The town of Dartford has recently been the target of a bizarre and unconventional attack. After a string of postboxes were painted gold earlier this month, a new trend has emerged – postboxes being transformed into popular characters and treats.

Residents were surprised to find a postbox on St Vincent’s Road painted to look like a Cadbury Creme Egg. However, this was just the beginning. In the weeks following the initial incident, more and more postboxes have been targeted for a new paint job. Pink and yellow spots resembling the iconic 90s TV character, Mr Blobby, have appeared on several postboxes around Temple Hill in Dartford. One postbox even received a full transformation to look like a giant Cadbury Creme Egg.

While some residents found the gold postboxes to be a welcome change, the recent designs have caused a mixed reaction. Many have labeled the act as “pure vandalism” and have expressed their disappointment in the appearance of their town. One resident took to social media to express their frustration, stating “Now these are just getting ridiculous. The gold ones looked good but these ones are just making the town look worse and I thought it couldn’t get any worse.”

The new designs also received criticism for being “absolutely terrible” and “such a mess”. However, there were some who appreciated the art and found the postboxes to be “brilliant” and “hilarious”.

Royal Mail, who had previously worked to restore the 26 affected postboxes back to their original red color, is now faced with the task of repainting them once again. A spokesperson stated, “We have been engaging with Kent Police on this matter and are supporting their investigation. In the meantime, we are restoring the affected postboxes to their original red.”

Police confirmed that investigations are ongoing and have made an arrest in connection with the incidents. A man matching the description of the suspect was arrested and has been bailed until May 4 pending further inquiries.

The cost of repainting the postboxes has not been disclosed by Royal Mail, but it is clear that this attack has caused a disruption and financial burden for the company. The majority of the incidents occurred in Temple Hill and surrounding areas, causing inconvenience and frustration for residents.

This is not the first time postboxes in Dartford have been targeted for a new paint job. In 2012, several were repainted gold by Royal Mail to honor hometown medal winners after the London Olympics. However, this recent attack has been met with a much different response.

As investigations continue and the town works to return to its original appearance, residents are left wondering what could have motivated this unusual and disruptive act.

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