Police crackdown on graffiti spree in Christchurch

Bournemouth Echo: PC Morton with a sprayed wall PC Morton with a sprayed wall

A SPATE of graffiti vandalism in Christchurch has sparked a crackdown by local police determined stop the culprits.

The latest vandalism spree has taken place in Mudeford – at sheltered housing, bus shelters, the Scout hut at Stanpit and various walls – and follows previous problems earlier this year.

One incident left an elderly women too frightened to go outside after she believed she was deliberately targeted.

But, following the latest attacks, which amount to around 40 to 50 different incidents, PC Andrew Morton, Safer Neighbourhood Officer for Mudeford and Christchurch, said the issue had become a ‘major concern’ in the area.

“It really unnerves people. For vulnerable residents, it makes them wonder why they are being targeted,” he said.

“It costs the public money to remove the graffiti as well. It is much more than a nuisance.”

He added: “If anyone knows anything about this or other graffiti attacks, please contact the police.

“We need the public’s help to catch these people and stop this blight.”

Cllr Bernie Davis, portfolio holder for community at Christchurch Council, said: “This is pure vandalism and it costs our council taxpayers thousands of pounds every year to clear it up.

“Graffiti not only makes the areas where it happens look awful but it makes some of more vulnerable residents fearful that more anti-social behaviour will take place.

“We’ll be working with the police to find the offenders and will be cleaning off the graffiti as soon as we can.”

Contact PC Andrew Morton 1871 on 101 with any information.

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7:29am Tue 1 Jul 14

Crank says...

Does anyone ever see the malicious vandalism being done? It seems to appear overnight, like crop circles. I hope they get these perpetrators (especially 'SNUK' who is a persistent offender).
But, please, can the authorities also tackle the disgusting, widespread and depressing litter and fly-tipping disfigurement of the area.
Surely both crimes must be caught on CCTV?
Have we enough police force officers left or is this the result - uncontrolled anarchic actions?
Does anyone ever see the malicious vandalism being done? It seems to appear overnight, like crop circles. I hope they get these perpetrators (especially 'SNUK' who is a persistent offender). But, please, can the authorities also tackle the disgusting, widespread and depressing litter and fly-tipping disfigurement of the area. Surely both crimes must be caught on CCTV? Have we enough police force officers left or is this the result - uncontrolled anarchic actions? Crank
  • Score: 7

9:37am Tue 1 Jul 14

MngsMnr says...

Couldn't agree more Crank. Christchurch is no longer a place to feel proud of. Long grass, litter and now graffiti are making the place shabby. The council has upped dog poop enforcement officers ten-fold. Time they focused on the litter louts with on the spot fines. Tidy up the area by keeping grassy areas well maintained. They find they money to waste on consultation fees etc to revamp Stanpit marsh, yet they can't look after what's already there! The rivers need clearing too. They'll say it's the National Rivers Authority's job to do that - typical buck-passing of this council.
Couldn't agree more Crank. Christchurch is no longer a place to feel proud of. Long grass, litter and now graffiti are making the place shabby. The council has upped dog poop enforcement officers ten-fold. Time they focused on the litter louts with on the spot fines. Tidy up the area by keeping grassy areas well maintained. They find they money to waste on consultation fees etc to revamp Stanpit marsh, yet they can't look after what's already there! The rivers need clearing too. They'll say it's the National Rivers Authority's job to do that - typical buck-passing of this council. MngsMnr
  • Score: 6

9:49am Tue 1 Jul 14

scrumpyjack says...

Crackdown? What get your photo in the local rag leaning against a wall and a bus stop and asking people to phone in and let you know who the person responsible is???

Not exactly Elliot Ness is he?
Crackdown? What get your photo in the local rag leaning against a wall and a bus stop and asking people to phone in and let you know who the person responsible is??? Not exactly Elliot Ness is he? scrumpyjack
  • Score: 5

12:44pm Tue 1 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

Perhaps the best 'crackdown' would be to arrange for the removal of all such 'artwork' as soon as possible rendering it pointless, rather than posing beside it for colourful press pictures adding significantly to the young author's street 'tag' cred and maybe encouraging others?

And of course there is the clue to the culprit - it is a 'tag', effectively it has been signed. So follow that signature to nearby schools or homes, because it will almost certainly be repeated in both those places.
Perhaps the best 'crackdown' would be to arrange for the removal of all such 'artwork' as soon as possible rendering it pointless, rather than posing beside it for colourful press pictures adding significantly to the young author's street 'tag' cred and maybe encouraging others? And of course there is the clue to the culprit - it is a 'tag', effectively it has been signed. So follow that signature to nearby schools or homes, because it will almost certainly be repeated in both those places. muscliffman
  • Score: 8

4:19pm Tue 1 Jul 14

GeorgeW64 says...

It must be really scary having to go out at night knowing someone is out there armed to the teeth with an aerosol can of paint and a marker pen.
Quick more cctv to catch these monsters.
It must be really scary having to go out at night knowing someone is out there armed to the teeth with an aerosol can of paint and a marker pen. Quick more cctv to catch these monsters. GeorgeW64
  • Score: 4

5:07pm Tue 1 Jul 14

crispy_pants says...

What colour paint? Shops selling paint. Have you sold any of this colour paint recently? Please can we see you cctv? If tv is anything to go on I'm sure they can get their forensic department to analyse the paint.
What colour paint? Shops selling paint. Have you sold any of this colour paint recently? Please can we see you cctv? If tv is anything to go on I'm sure they can get their forensic department to analyse the paint. crispy_pants
  • Score: 3

5:13pm Tue 1 Jul 14

podgie says...

Thank goodness Dorset Police are on the job,,
They sometimes have trouble detecting a hole in their bottoms.
Thank goodness Dorset Police are on the job,, They sometimes have trouble detecting a hole in their bottoms. podgie
  • Score: -1
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