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Is there devil worshipping going on in the town?
“Creepy” and apparently Satanic graffiti has left Otley residents angry and intrigued.
At least four large signs bearing the message “NO 666”, along with an all-seeing eye – a triangle with an eye inside – were painted in the town last week.
One was marked on Weston Ridge Road, another daubed on to the wall of the bowling club in Wharfemeadows Park, a third appeared on Garnett Street, and another on North Parade, near the Licks car park.
Leeds City Council has been asked if cleaning teams can be sent out to remove the markings, while police in Otley say they are also looking into it.
Councillor Colin Campbell (Lib Dem, Otley & Yeadon) said: “I wish people would think through their actions as the cost of removal is borne by the council, which in the end means you and me.”
In popular culture – referencing its historical association as “the number of the beast” – 666 is usually linked to the Devil or the Antichrist, and has been used in horror films like The Omen.
But the all-seeing eye, or eye of Providence, is a more ambiguous symbol, sometimes interpreted as being the eye of God watching over humanity.
Weston Ridge resident Karen Gomm, who spotted two of the signs and sent in these photographs, wasn’t sure what to make of them.
She said: “I agree with Coun Campbell about the costs to the council and the defacing of public roads, and club walls, is very wrong.
“But this did intrigue me, it isn’t just run-of-the-mill graffiti.
“At first I thought it was something workmen had done, as there were some in our street that morning and it looked quite technical, but then I started reading it and saw that it was an eye in a triangle and thought ‘this is a bit strange’.
“With the 666 reference you think of Satanists or devil worshipping or something, but then the sign appears to be saying ‘No 666’, so is this person or group against this sort of thing?
“It’s definitely creepy though – it could suggest a cult or religious group.
“I searched online and instantly got lots of references to the Illuminati – a secret organisation often cited in conspiracy theories – which apparently uses the symbol of the ‘all-seeing eye’ and the triangle.
“The Freemasons also frequently use this symbolism. So it all adds to the intrigue.
“Are these groups in Otley? And are they suggesting there is devil worshipping or something similar is going on here?”
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