A MANS CLAIM THAT “ABER IS MY TOWN” HAS BEEN INTERPRETED THROUGH GRAFFITI ART.
The Cambrian News has reported that “graffiti has sprung up on hoardings in Portland Street satirising a convicted criminal’s claims that “Aberystwyth is my town and I run it”.
Ellis McGuinness, aged 21 – who attacked three people and threatened to stab a fourth during a crime spree in March – claimed to one victim that “Aberystwyth is my town and I run it”.
He was jailed for 20 months at Swansea Crown Court for attacking strangers he perceived to be from elsewhere after a judge labelled him a “violent thug”.
The story of McGuinness and his comments, featured in the Cambrian News, was greeted with outrage, and now graffiti has appeared on Portland Street mocking his claim.
On the hoardings erected for ongoing work on the corner of Portland Street and Terrace Road, an artist has drawn a seagull with a baseball cap and a gold chain saying the same words McGuinness told a victim during the string of assaults before his arrest and sentencing for the crimes.
In the corner of the topical street art, the text reads “famous last words”.
Judge Paul Thomas at Swansea Crown Court told McGuinness: “It is not your town, it is everyone’s town.” here.
The Cambrian News continue to fail to see the irony of calling themselves a newspaper. In this case, they criticise a man who has had some kind of breakdown, mocking the way he claimed Aber is his town.
Who might he have been defending it from on an emotional level? The society that labels him and his friends “stupid”?
The police that bullied him and his friends since they were kids?
The arrogantly privileged that lack empathy and compassion?
Because we point out these truths the Cambrian News has worked tirelessly to shut us down. Yesterday they succeeded and we had to work extremely hard to get back on our feet. And nobody spoke up for us.
It’s almost like they think Aber is their town.
Aber isn’t their town or anybody else’s that think they can treat people like this.
Aber is our town, and we are taking it back.