Vandals have been warned by Newark and Sherwood District Council that they will face the consequences of graffiti
VANDALS responsible for a spate of graffiti in Newark have been warned they will face the consequences of their actions.
Scrawling spray can messages on public property is a criminal offence, and Newark and Sherwood District Council is urging anyone who may have any information to help identify those responsible to get in touch.
Since the start of 2019, bollards, signs, walls, post boxes and bridges have been hit by a string of vandalism, including the re-appearance of the tags UDC and Nate.
New graffiti was recently daubed along Lincoln Road and Jubilee Bridge in Newark.
The council recently announced a district-wide blitz to tackle the blight of antisocial graffiti, which commenced this week with the removal of unsightly scrawls on Lincoln Road.
Roger Jackson, leisure and environment committee chairman, said: “Through this new policy and programme of action we are dealing head-on with all aspects of the problem of graffiti.
“We will deal with the mess and the perpetrators to clear our communities of this ugly crime which harms the image of a number of our communities.
“We will also continue to look at projects and workshops, particularly in relation to murals and public art which make such a positive contribution to communities such as the one in Hatchet’s Lane in Yorke Drive in Newark.”
A designated cleaning team have a special focus on clearing away all graffiti in the district in a concerted three-month campaign, and aim to remove the most offensive cases of graffiti within 36 hours of it being reported.
Inspector Heather Sutton, of Newark Police, said: “Graffiti continues to blight our district.
“The small number of people responsible for this offence are having a huge negative impact on our community.
“Someone must know who is responsible, and help us put a stop to this.
“Please report any information to Nottinghamshire Police via 101.”