Rolf Harris Mural
A Labour councillor said it is 'inappropriate to display the artwork of a convicted child abuser.'

A mural of Rolf Harris is to be painted over, it has been revealed.

The mural was painted by the convicted paedophile, on a building in Sheffield more than 20 years ago.

The disgraced entertainer was today, sentenced to serve a five years nine months prison sentence for a string of sex offences involving young girls and teenagers, dating back to 1968.

Labour councillor Isobel Bowler said the picture on the wall of the Sheffield Archives would be painted over as soon as possible.

"To have a mural depicting a convicted child abuser, it's not appropriate at all," Ms Bowler said.

"We will be painting it over as soon as we can and then once that's happened we will look to put some street art up on the wall there to keep it decorated."

Harris painted the mural on the wall near Shoreham Street in the city centre after a previous piece of his artwork at Sheaf Valley Swimming Baths had been destroyed after the pool was demolished in 1991.

Following the 84-year-old's conviction, Liverpool Hope University said it had withdrawn an honorary degree he had been awarded in 2010.

A spokesperson said: "[The] University Council decided at its meeting held on 3 July 2014 to withdraw the University's honorary award given to Rolf Harris in January 2010.

"This has been communicated to Mr Harris's legal representatives."

Harris' hometown of Perth in Western Australia are also removing its association with the veteran entertainer, with Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi confirming plans to take down a memorial plaque outside his childhood home.

Australia's prime minster Tony Abbott also said he was "gutted and dismayed" by Harris' actions.

The disgraced TV personality will begin his prison term at Wandsworth prison in South East London today.