A 20-FOOT-LONG graffiti sign calling for Hayden Maslen to be freed was sprayed on a wall in Trowbridge on Thursday night.

The black graffiti writing sprawled across the wall, in Wiltshire Drive, said, 'Freee Haydeen Maslen 2k17' and beneath that in red it wrote 'So justice can be done'.

Police and Wiltshire Council's highway maintenance team were at the scene shortly after 10am, with the latter beginning work to remove it 30 minutes later.

Jen Weston, of Speedwell Close, said: "I am very upset that this has happened to my wall. This has nothing to do with me. It went down five years ago from a drunk driving incident and now they have graffitied the wall. So I am not happy at all."

Maslen, 19, was sentenced to 20 months in prison for possessing a knife during the incident where Jordan Taylor died in March.

Dave Leonard, of Wilton Drive, said: "This is a waste of tax payer's money and is also wasting the time of Wiltshire Council workers who have to clean this up. This is not the first time this has happened. Either someone crashes into it or it is graffitied."

Phil Hancock, of Southview Road, said: "I think you can make your own view known without having to do this on someone's wall.

"Why not write a letter to the Wiltshire Times? This is not the way to go.

"I guess some are still not happy about the verdict from the case."

Acting Inspector Gill Hughes said: “Whilst we understand that this is an emotive situation for all of those involved, we must remind the community not to take matters into their own hands.

"The offences are being investigated, and anyone with any information relating to the incident should contact Wiltshire Police via 101 or crimestoppers 0800 555111.”