Les Dennis Has Denied Spray-Painting His Name On Surfaces Across Norwich
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What a treat this is. It is rare for a headline alone to bring such immense satisfaction.
For those who don't know Les from Adam, he used be in Coronation Street and present Family Fortunes, now he is preparing for a run as an Ugly Sister in a Cinderella pantomime.
However, people have been speculating that the 65-year-old might also be making trips to Norwich, in between rehearsals, with a can of spray paint in hand.
Why, you ask? Well, because graffiti has been cropping up across the city, on walls and roadsides.
So, that doesn't necessarily mean Les Dennis did it, I hear you point out. Yes, but wait for this - all of the graffiti simply reads, 'Les Dennis'.
Ah, it was Les Dennis, I hear you concede. Yep, sounds like a classic tagging spree from your boy Leslie. Except no, it wasn't, or at least that's what he is saying.
Journalist, Rob Setchell, shared pictures of the graffiti on Twitter, asking whether anybody knew who was behind the tags.
REVEALED: #Norwich appears to be the canvas for bizarre graffiti tributes to @LesDennis. Several locations given the Les treatment. Has anyone else spotted one? Does anyone know who is behind the 'SurreaLesm' movement? @AccidentalP @Aiannucci @rickygervais pic.twitter.com/2knkwkaXPb
- Rob Setchell (@RobSetchell) November 21, 2018
No doubt feeling the heat on his shoulders, as prime suspect for a 'Les Dennis' tag, Les Dennis took the opportunity to flatly deny responsibility, responding with the classic Shaggy defence, 'It wasn't me'.
He also took to the airwaves to extricate himself from the crime.
Speaking to James O'Brien on LBC Radio, he said: "I promise it wasn't me. You've got my word for it, that's all I can give.
"I know the song by Shaggy called It Wasn't Me when it was him. I'm not being cryptic here. It really wasn't me."
However, the people think the lady doth protest too much.
Deffo is I reckon: #LesDennisIsTheNewBanksy pic.twitter.com/pc85EblUHR
- Shelly-Anne (@shelly_anne83) November 22, 2018
Got your name written all over it!!
- Jon Ritchard (@Darthsema) November 22, 2018
Whether or not the art was the work of Dennis the menace, it has in turn inspired more art.
Art it comes in many forms
Paintings, photos, dance
We realise how great it is
Quite often at first glance
Usually graffiti though
Can be a proper menace
But I think it's rather cool
When it just says Les Dennis@LesDennis #Art #Graffiti #LesDennis pic.twitter.com/DT1ymRvTnJ
- Rachel Doyle :bee: (@Rachel_Doyle72) 22 November 2018
If indeed it wasn't him, but rather one of the many hoodie wearing, teen fan-boy Les Dennis fans, then Les should consider himself lucky. In the wrong pair of Norfolk hands, that spray can could have left a far more defamatory tag, just ask 'Cock Piss Partridge'.