Hull’s Banksy designs new graffiti tribute to tragic paratrooper

Alder Tribute Mural
Alder Tribute – Hull graffiti artist Preston Fox

all credits: Yorkshire Post
published: 12 February 2019

The sister of former paratrooper Christopher Alder who died in police custody 20 years ago says she “absolutely loves” a new graffiti tribute. The artwork by well known Hull graffiti artist Preston Fox – otherwise known as Preg – has gone up on boarding on Finkle Street, off the A63, in the city.

It shows a young boy with a rose standing on a box to get a better look at the image of Mr Alder, who choked to death while handcuffed on the floor of a police station in Hull in 1998. An inquest jury found the 37-year-old former soldier had been unlawfully killed in 2000.

His sister Janet has continued to battle for answers ever since. In a horrific twist his body came to be discovered in a mortuary 11 years after supposedly being buried, a Nigerian woman Grace Kamara having been buried in his grave instead.

A 17-month police investigation into the blunders could not determine “with any accuracy” how the bodies came to be exchanged, or who was involved.

Above the image is a magpie – one for sorrow – and the portrait is entitled Justice for Christopher Alder. Already a bunch of flowers has been left in front of the artwork and there are calls for it to be protected.

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