Graffiti from Charles Bridge removed inexpertly

The graffiti which vandals sprayed on one of the support pillars of Charles Bridge some time ago was removed inexpertly overnight by an unknown person, according to the National Heritage Institute.

The clean-up job wasn't done by the company selected and nobody has so far claimed responsibility.

Experts started work on the site on Saturday afternoon and when they arrived back the next day they found that someone had removed the graffiti with an unknown substance.

Tests are now underway to determine whether the substance used had damaged the stones of the centuries old monument.

The culprits, two German tourists aged 23 and 30, are to pay fines of CZK 100,000 each plus CZK 40,000 to cover the cost of the damage, according to a Prague 1 District Court ruling. Both have appealed.