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Updated: 05/07/2014 13:54 | By Channel NewsAsia

Roof of HDB block in Toa Payoh vandalised

Roof of HDB block in Toa Payoh vandalised

Roof of HDB block in Toa Payoh vandalised

SINGAPORE: The roof level of a 22-storey Housing and Development Board block was painted with graffiti containing vulgarities and criticism of a political party in an apparent case of vandalism.

Pictures of the graffiti were circulated on social media sites on Wednesday morning.

Police said they received a call at 6.47am requesting for assistance at Blk 85A, Toa Payoh Lorong 4.

"Upon police's arrival, it was established that a case of vandalism had occurred at the said location," a police spokesman said.

A contractor at the scene told Channel NewsAsia that residents had called the Town Council's 24-hour hotline to complain about the graffiti.

The access hatch to the block's parapet was locked when the police tried to enter the site on Wednesday morning.

According to a Bishan-Toa Payoh Town Council staff member, who did not want to be named, the water tanks on the roof top had not been tampered with.

"I don't know how they managed to get up here. The police are investigating,” said the staff member.

“They can't get access to the roof level because it is locked. You would need the key and our approval."

At around 11.30am, workers were seen painting over the graffiti.

Residents Channel NewsAsia spoke with said they only noticed something was amiss when police officers called on them to ask questions.

"I slept at 1am. So basically, when I went to bed, it was quiet and usually if anything outside happens, I can hear it," said Yeo Huie Lin, a resident.

However, they had concerns about the incident.

Resident Ambrosia Yap said: "They can go up to the water tank. This is also a very terrible problem because… you won't know what they can put in the water. And probably they need to check on it and they should have some policemen around these few days."

A spokesperson from Bishan-Toa Payoh Town Council said the Town Council keeps the key to the trapdoor that gives access to the rooftop and that authorised personnel must sign for the key and be accompanied by an auxiliary police officer.

The Town Council said no one has requested for the key and it has handed the records to the Police for their investigation.

The town council said the security process to control access to the rooftops has remained intact.

However, it will review all the processes again and strengthen them where necessary.  - CNA/fa/ec

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