VIDEO: Southbourne graffiti vandals branded "mindless" as witnesses urged to come forward (From Bournemouth Echo)
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VIDEO: Southbourne graffiti vandals branded "mindless" as witnesses urged to come forward
GRAFFITI vandals have been branded “senseless” and “mindless” as community leaders called for witnesses to come forward.
Council workers are jet spraying residents' and businesses' walls and fences after at least 77 pieces of graffiti were painted around Southbourne last Saturday night.
And Clive Mace, landlord of the Grove Tavern, has been urging people to view his CCTV footage after his pub was targeted.
“It was just mindless hooliganism really,” he said.
“It's not even good art, it's just scribbled rubbish.
“It's a nice area and they had no respect for it.”
Chris's footage shows people passing between Southbourne Lane Central and Southbourne Lane West just after 1am on Sunday morning.
Among the other roads affected were Carbery Lane with 18 pieces of graffiti, Southbourne Lane East with 15 and Carbery Avenue with 14.
Bournemouth councillor Chris Mayne was among those who spotted the “tags” - the graffiti names or signatures painted over the area, with trees, vehicles and road signs also sprayed.
He said “It's good that everyone is working together to try to find the culprits.”
And cllr Michael Filer, the council's cabinet member for transport, cleansing and waste, said some alleyways need to be pressure washed.
He said: "We do not tolerate damage to public property, which damages community spirit and morale.
“If anyone knows who the perpetrators are, I would urge them to contact the police immediately.
“In the meantime, I am pleased to say that our street cleaners are striving tirelessly for Southbourne residents to ensure the large areas of graffiti on private property are removed as quickly as possible.
The Southbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team has been visiting residents.Anyone with information, any witnesses and anyone who has not reported having their property sprayed is urged to call Dorset Police on 101.
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