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By Tristan Harris Thursday 13 February 2014 Updated: 14/02 11:23
THE HUNT is on to find vandals who have blighted Bromsgrove district with hundreds of graffiti tags over the last year.
Police officers are treating the issue as a priority after it was raised at the latest St John’s PACT (Partners And Communities Together) meeting and they have now released these pictures of them.
PC Anna Harding from the St John’s Safer Neighbourhood Team said one of the perpetrators was believed to be responsible graffiti which appeared last November, spanning from Rock Hill to the Slug and Lettuce on the High Street. But, it is thought that person is no longer in the area.
Another half-a-dozen taggers carried on defacing the sides of homes, businesses, phone boxes, bus stops and other areas.
Residents voicing their concerns at the PACT meeting said in some cases the graffiti had been removed but was soon done again straight after.
Officers investigating the vandalism are urging any residents who recognise any of the tags and can link them to those responsible to come forward and give names.
PC Harding said: “Sometimes the tags are in spray paint, sometimes in marker pen but the thing they have in common is that they are unsightly and expensive to remove.
"It is criminal damage and we will take strong action against those responsible.
"While it is only a small minority involved in this, it is having a big impact and making the place look horrible."
The pictures of the graffiti have been taken into local colleges and schools in a bid to identify the taggers and to highlight the issue.
Bromsgrove District Council’s portfolio holder for Community Safety, Coun Margaret Sherrey, said: “This graffiti is an eyesore which should not be tolerated in any community.
"It degrades neighbourhoods, and is costing a fortune for the council to clean up and in terms of police resources."
Catshill ward councillor Helen Jones welcomed the police moves after campaigning on the spate of graffiti on behalf of residents in her area.
"I'm delighted at the reaction of the police who have responded to the clear feeling in the community.
“Someone must know or suspect who is responsible and I would urge anyone with information to contact the police as a matter or urgency so that we can all put a stop to it,” she added.
Anyone with any information should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Alternatively, visit www.crimestoppers.uk-org and provide information there.
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