Spate Of Graffiti In Stourport - Can You Help Identify Culprits?
25th May 2011
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Police are appealing for information about a spate of graffiti in Stourport.

In the latest incident, which happened between Monday 16 May and Thursday 19 May, Areley Kings Scout Group's scout hut on the recreation ground in Areley Common was targeted.

Silver spray paint and stencil was used to paint the words "stencil line do not cross" on the fire door on the side of the scout hut, and black spray paint was used to write the tag "Venom" 18 times on the wall. The tag "Bling" was also written and stencilled on the door.

Graffiti had previously occurred a couple of weeks earlier at the same location, and had been painted over. Other locations have also been targeted and as well as the above tags, the tag Gein has been used.

Local policing officer PC Andy Brooks said house to house inquiries had been carried out.

He said: "Tagging, as it is sometimes known, is criminal damage. Graffiti is not only unsightly but it gives an area a general look of neglect and adds to the fear of crime, impacting on the lives of local residents.

"It can also be extremely expensive to deal with as specialist equipment has to be obtained to clean it off.

"We are appealing for witnesses to contact us at the time they see young people carrying out graffiti so we can catch them in the act."

PC Brooks added that evidence of distinctive signatures or tags could be used to identify offenders and police would be comparing the tags and names with databases and making inquiries at local schools and youth groups.

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact PC Brooks on 0300 333 3000 quoting 725-s-190511 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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