Published: 03/08/2017 19:00 - Updated: 03/08/2017 11:20

Bizarre 'Flat Earth' graffiti sparks criticism from Inverness councillor

Written byNicole Webber


Earth is flat graffitti at the southbound layby near the Kessock Bridge in Inverness.
Earth is flat graffitti at the southbound layby near the Kessock Bridge in Inverness.
MYSTERY graffiti making the bizarre claim that the Earth is flat has begun appearing on road signs in the Highland capital after the strange vandalism swept other parts of Scotland.


Signs south of the Kessock Bridge, outside Howdens Garden Centre and at the old Daviot visitor centre have all been tagged with the line “the Earth is flat”.

It comes just a couple of weeks after identical graffiti was spotted on the A9 in Tayside.

And an Inverness councillor wants the culprit caught, amid fears the conspiracy theorist’s antics could encourage more vandals.

“We are talking about graffiti in general here. We have a zero tolerance for graffiti in the Highlands but if we allow this vandal to get away with it then it could just be the start,” said Inverness South councillor Duncan Macpherson.

“We need to find out who is doing this and nip it in the bud before it becomes a bigger issue. What we don’t want is people adding to it.”

He also worries that any increase in graffiti will impact on tourists’ perceptions of the Highlands. And the councillor has been taking pictures of the vandalism and sharing it online in a bid to track down those responsible. He has also written to the police to ask what is being done to track down the vandal responsible.

Online complaints about the “Earth is flat” graffiti have come in from as far north as Alness and as far south as Perth. Members of the Inverness neighbourhood watch page have also linked the graffiti to leaflets that some residents have received through the post. The leaflet includes a picture of the Earth and a list of conspiracy theories to read and watch on Youtube.

A spokeswoman for Highland Council said: “All vandalism should be reported to police Scotland on 101”.

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