08/08/2012 06:38 EDT | Updated 10/08/2012 05:12 EDT

Vandals deface golden mailbox for Olympic champ Ennis with graffiti

LONDON - Civic officials say vandals have defaced a mailbox that was painted gold to celebrate Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis.

The Royal Mail has vowed to turn one of the distinctive red postboxes gold in the home town of every British gold medal winner.

In some places the painting has become a mini-event in itself, and crowds turned up to watch a mailbox being transformed for Ennis on Sunday, the day after she won gold, in her hometown of Sheffield, northern England.

City officials said Wednesday that the mailbox had later been defaced with graffiti. Postal officials quickly dispatched a worker to repaint it.