'Mindless vandals' deface youth centre, pavilion and pensioner's home in Christchurch in graffiti spree

Bournemouth Echo: ATTACKS: Fences covered in graffiti ATTACKS: Fences covered in graffiti

“MINDLESS” vandals have defaced a youth centre, pavilion and pensioner’s home in Christchurch in a widespread graffiti spree.

One elderly pensioner is now too frightened to go outside after the letters DLP were sprayed on her house and she believed they read OAP.

Restaurants, fences and the Barrack Road Recreation ground Pavilion have been vandalised in the attacks which have affected several areas in Christchurch.

Residents and local businesses are apparently furious about the recent vandalism while councillors have described the graffiti spate as “irresponsible and selfish”.

Cllr Bernie Davis, portfolio holder for communities at Christchurch Council, said: “Graffiti painting is an anti-social activity and can have a very negative impact on our communities.

“We are about to start a campaign to address the problem of graffiti and would ask everyone to help us get rid of this blight.”

“It is the council’s responsibility to clear graffiti off public property.

“However, in order to keep communities clean and because we understand the negative feelings that graffiti can cause, we have a small budget put aside to also clean graffiti off private property.

The council has been made aware of the prevalent graffiti and has been out to clean it. Some of the graffiti appeared at the Christchurch Christmas Festival on November 30 when the festive lights were switched on.

PC Andrew Morton, the Safer Neighbourhood Officer for Mudeford and Christchurch said: “Mindless defacing of public and private buildings costs us all money in the long run and blights peoples' lives. Please help us to stop it by contacting us in confidence.”

A police spokesperson said: “Episodes of graffiti have been reported and are now subject to an ongoing investigation.

“If anyone has any information or any idea about who is responsible then should contact 101 and ask for PC Andrew Morton.”

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8:24am Tue 17 Dec 13

The Pink Pitman says...

Morons.
Morons. The Pink Pitman

8:49am Tue 17 Dec 13

nickynoodah says...

Xchurch
The new Turley Moor you know
Xchurch The new Turley Moor you know nickynoodah

9:13am Tue 17 Dec 13

Controversial But True says...

This is Christchurch!! Even the pensioners are getting bored at night!!
This is Christchurch!! Even the pensioners are getting bored at night!! Controversial But True

10:00am Tue 17 Dec 13

High Treason says...

If and it is if, they get caught they will get told off and carry on as before. If only we could give them a good hiding I bet they would not be doing it again.
If and it is if, they get caught they will get told off and carry on as before. If only we could give them a good hiding I bet they would not be doing it again. High Treason

11:31am Tue 17 Dec 13

spooki says...

I don't see the point of it as you can never read what it actually says.
Perhaps if they bother to find out who it was, which will be easy if they carry on using the same 'tag', spray paint their house (or more likely, bedroom in their parents house) and see how they like it.
Idiots.
I don't see the point of it as you can never read what it actually says. Perhaps if they bother to find out who it was, which will be easy if they carry on using the same 'tag', spray paint their house (or more likely, bedroom in their parents house) and see how they like it. Idiots. spooki

12:24pm Tue 17 Dec 13

GeorgeW64 says...

This country is getting to look more like Poland every day.
This country is getting to look more like Poland every day. GeorgeW64

12:29pm Tue 17 Dec 13

JamesBond0070 says...

Only way of saving publicly accessible areas from intentional mischief would be to place very many tens of thousands of discretely placed infra-red
light projecting video surveillance cameras all over the place. Then the trouble makers would then be eventually caught. Of course there would be many objections to this scheme mostly from those that wished not to have their activities recorded.
Only way of saving publicly accessible areas from intentional mischief would be to place very many tens of thousands of discretely placed infra-red light projecting video surveillance cameras all over the place. Then the trouble makers would then be eventually caught. Of course there would be many objections to this scheme mostly from those that wished not to have their activities recorded. JamesBond0070

3:26pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Controversial But True says...

GeorgeW64 wrote:
This country is getting to look more like Poland every day.
Country, or Boscombe?
[quote][p][bold]GeorgeW64[/bold] wrote: This country is getting to look more like Poland every day.[/p][/quote]Country, or Boscombe? Controversial But True

4:38pm Tue 17 Dec 13

drummerman says...

Hit them where it really hurts - in the pocket. Make them pay for the clean up.
Hit them where it really hurts - in the pocket. Make them pay for the clean up. drummerman

7:35pm Tue 17 Dec 13

stevobath says...

drummerman wrote:
Hit them where it really hurts - in the pocket. Make them pay for the clean up.
Them?
No longer around. Van branched out on his own 45+ years ago.

Perhaps you could explain how 'Them' are responsible? If you do not mean the group, then who are 'them'?
[quote][p][bold]drummerman[/bold] wrote: Hit them where it really hurts - in the pocket. Make them pay for the clean up.[/p][/quote]Them? No longer around. Van branched out on his own 45+ years ago. Perhaps you could explain how 'Them' are responsible? If you do not mean the group, then who are 'them'? stevobath

8:17pm Tue 17 Dec 13

nickynoodah says...

I have seen them
little old ladies in bath chairs
late at night
with spray paint cans
in little gangs they are
the locals call them
THE MIDNIGHT RIDERS
you know.
I have seen them little old ladies in bath chairs late at night with spray paint cans in little gangs they are the locals call them THE MIDNIGHT RIDERS you know. nickynoodah

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