Tolworth station artworks vandalised three times in five days

By Oliver Monk

9th Jul 2024 | Local News

Ten frames in Tolworth station have been pulled open and the artwork inside them destroyed by unknown vandals over the weekend. (Photo: The Community Brain)
Ten frames in Tolworth station have been pulled open and the artwork inside them destroyed by unknown vandals over the weekend. (Photo: The Community Brain)

Vandals have 'completely destroyed' a series of artworks created by local artists on display in Tolworth station.

Non-profit The Community Brain, the organisation behind the works, first received a call from station staff on the morning of Saturday 6 July reporting the damage of the ten frames in the station's underpass.

The frames have been pulled open and broken in the process, while the art inside taken out and 'completely destroyed' according to the community group's announcement on social media.

However, director of The Community Brain Robin Hutchinson says the displays were vandalised once again last night, Monday 8 July.

The artworks were first installed in Tolworth station two years ago. (Photos: Oliver Monk)

In total, the artworks have been vandalised on three of the last five nights: Thursday 4 July, Friday 5 July, shared on social media by The Community Brain, and Monday 8 July.

Mr Hutchinson told Nub News: "We are extremely disappointed that the frames at Tolworth station have been vandalised again, but even more disheartened that it appears British Transport Police closed the first two cases without examining the CCTV. 

"We have been working hard with the local community to brighten the area, and [their] advice is to take the frames down so the community loses out again. 

"This shouldn't be the outcome."

Staff from Tolworth station reported the vandalism on Saturday morning, 6 July. (Photo: Oliver Monk)

The artworks, created by local artists and students from Kingston University, showed a number of people living and working in the area, as part of an ongoing campaign to establish a sense of place and community in the south of Kingston Borough.

Community Rail and South Western Railway (SWR) both provided grants to help fund the project, with Mr Hutchinson describing SWR as being 'very supportive' regarding the vandalism.


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