Leeds rude sign warning as obscenity covered up

John Ainley with U-7s players Jack Ainley, Alfie Mills and Joseph Ward.

John Ainley with U-7s players Jack Ainley, Alfie Mills and Joseph Ward.

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Rugby coach John Ainley thought he was doing a public service when he covered up an obscenity sprayed on a road sign with a more welcoming message.

But Leeds City Council officers have demanded he immediately remove the unofficial ‘Welcome to Tingley, Home of Tingley Athletic’ sign from Bradford Road.

Mr Ainley, who coaches the U7s Tingley Athletic team and is pictured with U7s players Jack Ainley, Alfie Mills and Joseph Ward, put it there to cover up a rude drawing. He said his children aged six and nine had been asking questions about it.

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The row gathered momentum when Mr Ainley got support from MP Ed Balls (Outwood and Morley) and Councillor Jack Dunn.

Mr Ainley has since removed his sign, and Leeds City Council has cleaned off the graffiti.

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