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HS2 mural sparks fury over dig at London's crime rate – 'Great place except for MURDERS!'

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Crossrail recently commissioned the longest public work in Europe that will stretch almost 2km along the areas Custom House, Silvertown and North Woolwich, in Newham, flanking the new Elizabeth train line. The artwork, which is called Newham Trackside Wall and was created by artist Sonia Boyce, will be officially unveiled in July. However, residents are already outraged after they spotted a poem on the wall that is simply named Like a Village, as it describes the only “negative thing” about the village being the “crime and the murders”.

A Twitter user, named Stop City Airport, furiously reacted to the mural and blasted Crossrail for allowing a negative depiction of the area to be used.

He wrote: “How have Crossrail let this happen?

“They have started to unveil the 2km-long wall mural across Silvertown. They have stuck this giant piece up in North Woolwich opposite peoples homes.

“Newham, a great place to live except for the MURDERS!”

The poem on the mural said in full: “I love this area North Woolwich.

“I’m glad I was brought up here, it’s like a village.

“It has a hairdresser, a corner shop, a post office, a library, three parks, a bakery and a pharmacy.

“What else? There’s a police station, there’s a Chinese takeaway.

“It has everything all in one small area and everyone knows everyone.

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One person wrote: “Did someone read the quote and actually think it was what the area needs? Unbelievable.”

Author Patrick Kidd added: “Marvellous British understatement. ‘This is unfortunate’.”

Another person simply said: “Did someone just not read the full quote? That is extraordinary!”

The wall also features an array of different photographs printed onto 1,500 unique panels that are said to capture the “changing landscape” of the area.

A floral pattern also runs along the entire mural to represent the natural ecology of the area, according to UP Projects, which curated the project.

Emma Underhill, the founder of UP Projects said: “As you walk along, you’ll encounter the stories, some of them are factual, some are anecdotal memories; they’re all significant points that the different residents wanted to make about the area.”

A project statement added: “The work embodies and mirrors the different neighbourhoods and ecology opposite the trackside wall, depicting buildings, homes, street scenes, flora and fauna, animals and insects of the area.”

Ms Boyce, who is known for her involvement in the Black Arts Movement in the 1980s, said she wanted to capture the essence of the area “in a kind of multimedia way”.

In a video produced for Crossrail, she said she “started off as a kind of painter… I kind of stopped painting and I started using some of the material that I’d used to make the drawings and paintings from”.

She also told the Newham Recorder: “I am grateful to all those who have shared their memories and hopes for their neighbourhoods so generously.

“The artwork offers a glimpse of the many voices and events that have shaped this part of London.

“To see those stories, and the rich history of Newham, going up on the wall is a truly special moment.”

Express.co.uk has contacted Crossrail for a comment.



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