Police and litter pickers sound alarm on town's growing graffiti problem - The Droitwich Standard

Police and litter pickers sound alarm on town's growing graffiti problem

Droitwich Editorial 12th Mar, 2024 Updated: 13th Mar, 2024   0

THE DROITWICH Spa Litter Squad has sounded the alarm on the growing issue of graffiti criminality in Droitwich.

The group await council approval to take action against the surge of vandalism.

Clive Shearman, a member of the group, expressed deep concern over the rising incidents of graffiti in and around the Spa town.

He urged parents to be aware if children are purchasing spray paint cans or returning home with paint splattered clothes.

He also proposed addressing the issue within the school environment to raise awareness among youngsters.

He said: “Tackling the aftermath of the damage we as a volunteer group would like to be able to do some cleaning of our signs that have been vandalised.

“We can only eradicate this by all working together.”

Sgt Cathy Atkinson from Droitwich Safer Neighbourhood Team echoed the concerns raised by the Litter Squad.

She highlighted the towns reputation as a beautiful town and how the vandalism has tarnished its image.

Sgt Cathy said: “The recent issue of graffiti in the area is something that my team and I are committed to resolve and I appeal to the community to provide us with any information as to who is causing this form of anti-social behaviour.

“If you know who it is or feel you have something you could share that would help us find them, then I urge you to contact the police.”

Tim Lewis, head of client services for Wychavon District Council said the council are considering the role the litter squad could play in the removal of graffiti, but requires the property owners permission as the squad would be liable for any damage caused in the removal.

“Most of the graffiti around the town has unfortunately been put on private buildings or property, such as telecommunications cabinets or telephone boxes.

“We are not responsible for, and do not have the resources to deal with, the removal of graffiti from private property unless it is offensive, then we will remove it within 24 hours.

“If people spot graffiti on council owned land or property, such as park benches or play equipment, then they should report it to us and we will arrange for it to be removed as soon as possible.”


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