John Lennon's Hollywood Star defaced by vandals

The Hollywood Walk Of Fame had to remove graffiti and scribbles from the monument

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John Lennon's star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame has been defaced by vandals.

The damage was noticed by a Beatles tour guide Gillian Lomax, who organises A Magical Mystery Tour around California. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she was showing a group of tourists John Lennon's star on Vine Street on October 5 when she discovered that vandals had covered it with graffiti, which included drawings and the words "I love you," and "Blackbird... Rain was here."

"Morons did it," Lomax said. "Rather tacky. There was a group of them, judging from the different coloured pens. I tried to rub it out, but to no avail."

Representatives from the Hollywood Walk Of Fame reacted promptly when alerted to the damage, by October 7 the graffiti had gone. "We don't mess around," Ana Martinez from the Hollywood Walk Of Fame said. "I think Capitol is looking into seeing if there's any video [of the crime]. They're registered state landmarks. Those are my babies! We've had people destroy stars, cracking or prying out parts of the stars, and they do go to jail and they have to pay back for the repairs. We just had one recently damaged –Arsenio Hall's, and a couple near him."

The Hollywood Walk Of Fame consists of over 2,500 stars, which are embedded into the pavement along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

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