Christchurch youngsters to be shown anti-graffiti film

Bournemouth Echo: PC Andrew Morton with graffiti in Mudeford PC Andrew Morton with graffiti in Mudeford

YOUNGSTERS in Christchurch schools will be shown an ‘anti-graffiti’ film in a bid to crackdown on the vandalism.

The film, which comes just days after Christchurch police vowed to find the offenders responsible for a recent spate of graffiti, includes interviews with people who have been affected by the crime.

A resident in an older persons housing complex tells how people there are frightened when they see graffiti near their homes as they feel it could lead to more anti-social behaviour.

And there is also an interview with a woman, whose son was arrested for graffiti spraying.

David Barnes, strategic director at Christchurch council, is also interviewed about the cost of clearing-up graffiti which is around £10,000 a year for Christchurch.

And it’s not just residents who are affected by it, with Waitrose in Christchurch forced to remove graffiti on their roof, which cost £1,500.

PCSO Mark Lane from Christchurch Police is also featured describing what happens when offenders are found and arrested and how they could go through restorative justice confronting the people who their actions have affected to explain their motives.

Cllr Bernie Davis, portfolio holder for community at Christchurch council said: “We hope that this film will show youngsters who may be thinking of spraying graffiti the consequences of their actions.

“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 happen.”

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4:47pm Tue 8 Jul 14

contric says...

if you are against graffiti sign a partition
if you are against graffiti sign a partition contric
  • Score: 6

4:59pm Tue 8 Jul 14

BoscVegas says...

contric wrote:
if you are against graffiti sign a partition
I have an alternative solution. if old people start pretending they really like graffiti and start uploading photos of it to instagram perhaps the kids wont think its cool anymore. Maybe the local bowls club could have an award for graffiti of the month.
[quote][p][bold]contric[/bold] wrote: if you are against graffiti sign a partition[/p][/quote]I have an alternative solution. if old people start pretending they really like graffiti and start uploading photos of it to instagram perhaps the kids wont think its cool anymore. Maybe the local bowls club could have an award for graffiti of the month. BoscVegas
  • Score: 6

5:01pm Tue 8 Jul 14

BoscVegas says...

contric wrote:
if you are against graffiti sign a partition
didn't mean to quote you in the last one. nice punning
[quote][p][bold]contric[/bold] wrote: if you are against graffiti sign a partition[/p][/quote]didn't mean to quote you in the last one. nice punning BoscVegas
  • Score: 2

5:04pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Mike Pickering says...

The first wave of graffiti artists from New York are pensioners now.
I can't think that anything in a finger-wagging film is going to stop young people wanting to do graffiti, if it's really something that has inspired them.
It's a ruddy cheek of Waitrose to bemoan that someone else had decided they might like to take some direct action in how some of the shared space we all use looks; on the front of every Waitrose store are 4 foot high letters spelling out their 'tag'.
The first wave of graffiti artists from New York are pensioners now. I can't think that anything in a finger-wagging film is going to stop young people wanting to do graffiti, if it's really something that has inspired them. It's a ruddy cheek of Waitrose to bemoan that someone else had decided they might like to take some direct action in how some of the shared space we all use looks; on the front of every Waitrose store are 4 foot high letters spelling out their 'tag'. Mike Pickering
  • Score: 3

6:16pm Tue 8 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

"Christchurch youngsters to be shown anti-graffiti film" Actually I cannot think of a better way of encouraging youngsters that wish to rebel to use this method.

So how about concentrating all this effort on removing graffiti when it first appears, then the kids will realise their efforts are completely pointless.
"Christchurch youngsters to be shown anti-graffiti film" Actually I cannot think of a better way of encouraging youngsters that wish to rebel to use this method. So how about concentrating all this effort on removing graffiti when it first appears, then the kids will realise their efforts are completely pointless. muscliffman
  • Score: 4

7:37pm Tue 8 Jul 14

twynhamob says...

Send em to Singapore for a good old fashioned caning
Send em to Singapore for a good old fashioned caning twynhamob
  • Score: 2

10:16pm Tue 8 Jul 14

sprintervanman says...

......or take some responsibility as a Parent and know where your Children are and turn off Mr J Kyle for a moment and explain to them what is and is not the correct way to live in a community.To much like hard work for many though ....
......or take some responsibility as a Parent and know where your Children are and turn off Mr J Kyle for a moment and explain to them what is and is not the correct way to live in a community.To much like hard work for many though .... sprintervanman
  • Score: 5

10:36pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Mike Pickering says...

...or educate them about the history of the artform, and the circumstances from whence it arose, show them how the styles developed and which people invented bubble letters, and who were the early innovators of wildstyle. Take them up to London and go down underneath Waterloo station to Leake St. and see the work there. Meet and talk to some of the local artists and gain an understanding of the ethical implications of tagging some poor granny's garden wall, compared to a derelict building or an isolated country railway building.
Graffiti isn't just vandalism with paint, the same way that smashing a window or knocking car mirrors off, and until kids are educated differently, and it's approached from an angle of truth and comprehension, then it'll all be a waste of time.
Graffiti is at the intersection of community values, community identity, the politics of sharing a space and of commercialism and its place and importance, as well as being a direct artistic outlet for people to express themselves - to miss the opportunity to educate and inspire young people on all these topics would be a shame.
Just spray 'no' won't work.
...or educate them about the history of the artform, and the circumstances from whence it arose, show them how the styles developed and which people invented bubble letters, and who were the early innovators of wildstyle. Take them up to London and go down underneath Waterloo station to Leake St. and see the work there. Meet and talk to some of the local artists and gain an understanding of the ethical implications of tagging some poor granny's garden wall, compared to a derelict building or an isolated country railway building. Graffiti isn't just vandalism with paint, the same way that smashing a window or knocking car mirrors off, and until kids are educated differently, and it's approached from an angle of truth and comprehension, then it'll all be a waste of time. Graffiti is at the intersection of community values, community identity, the politics of sharing a space and of commercialism and its place and importance, as well as being a direct artistic outlet for people to express themselves - to miss the opportunity to educate and inspire young people on all these topics would be a shame. Just spray 'no' won't work. Mike Pickering
  • Score: 3

5:58am Wed 9 Jul 14

wadjit says...

Some graffiti is good, some isn't. The Christchurch stuff isn't. Thats why its a problem.
Some graffiti is good, some isn't. The Christchurch stuff isn't. Thats why its a problem. wadjit
  • Score: 4

10:16pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Yankee1 says...

Tell a tweenager not to do something, and it becomes fascinating to them. A challenge.

Show them a Singaporean flogging, and they may get the message.
Tell a tweenager not to do something, and it becomes fascinating to them. A challenge. Show them a Singaporean flogging, and they may get the message. Yankee1
  • Score: 0
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