Police tracking graffiti vandals

Police are aiming to stamp out graffiti
Police are aiming to stamp out graffiti

Areas hit by vandals with spray cans are being identified by police as part of an operation to crack down on graffiti.

Police working on Operation Illustration say main roads and railway lines are a magnet for graffiti writers who ‘tag’ their presence on buildings and walls.

PCSO Phil Wane is collecting graffiti statistics from across the county and hopes the information will allow police officers and councils to deal with graffiti issues in their areas more effectively.

He said: “Graffiti lowers the tone of an area and there is also a clear link to wider anti-social behaviour as, where you get graffiti, you often get criminal damage, littering and street drinking.

“Our aim is to prosecute our main graffiti writers by encouraging members of the public to report offenders on our website or on Twitter @Op_Illustration #NameThatTag.”

Identified graffiti problem areas include:

A43 – tags in dangerous locations such as bridges and disused service stations (30 tag names)

A45 – tags on bridges and underpasses (98 tag names)

M1 – tags mainly on bridges along the length of the county stretch of the motorway (5 tag names)

Wellingborough Rural – several tags around the Station Road underpass in Earls Barton (13 tag names)

Wellingborough Town – general tagging. Some good restorative justice work with local youngsters has taken place and a proposal for two legal graffiti walls are under discussion (117 tag names)

Figures and details about graffiti in areas including East Northamptonshire, Corby and Kettering are not yet available.