The word "scum" has been spraypainted in big red letters across advertising boards in a South Derbyshire village.

Several signs that were put in place to advertise new homes now have the red letters scrawled across them as an appeal is put out for witnesses.

It happened between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on Monday, April 26, a spokesman for the Melbourne Police Safer Neighbourhood Team said.

The signs were vandalised in Main Street, with one in Kings Newton and one in Station Road, Melbourne.

Now police are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.

A spokesman said: "Several signs were damaged by graffiti on Main street, Kings Newton, Station Road, Melbourne and just over the border into Wilson- Leicestershire by unknown offenders.

"Do you have CCTV in these locations? If so could you check to see if anything has been captured during the time frame above.

"Were you in the location at this time? Did you see anything?"

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Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is urged to contact Derbyshire police quoting incident number 21*235276.

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