‘A very sad disrespect to our shared spaces’ - Norwich city councillor hits out at graffiti vandals

Picture of graffiti in Norwich. PIC: From Ben Price (@Transcendental1) Twitter.

Picture of graffiti in Norwich. PIC: From Ben Price (@Transcendental1) Twitter. - Credit: Archant

People have been urged to keep their eyes out for the vandals who covered a historic area of Norwich with graffiti.

Picture of graffiti in Norwich. From Ben Price (@Transcendental1) Twitter.

Picture of graffiti in Norwich. From Ben Price (@Transcendental1) Twitter. - Credit: Archant

Ben Price, a city councillor for Thorpe Hamlet in Norwich, has tweeted a series of images of parts of the King Street area being daubed in unsightly graffiti.

The Green councillor said it showed a 'very sad disrespect of our shared spaces' and has reported the graffiti to both the council and police.

Mr Price has urged people to keep their eyes out for the perpetrators of the graffiti, which is thought to have happened some time on Thursday (January 11) night.

He also called on people to have 'pride in our city'.

Picture of graffiti in Norwich. From Ben Price (@Transcendental1) Twitter.

Picture of graffiti in Norwich. From Ben Price (@Transcendental1) Twitter. - Credit: Archant


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The plea comes just days after this paper reported how graffiti in Norwich city centre would be targeted by police and council officers in the coming months after a 'disturbing increase'.

A number of 'problem locations' will be targeted jointly by Norwich City Council and Norfolk Constabulary to prevent and remove the daubings.

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The issue was raised at a recent meeting of Norwich City Council by Simeon Jackson, Green city councillor for Mancroft ward.

Mr Jackson said: 'Over the last six months, I have received a disturbing increase in the number of reports of graffiti in the area I represent, particularly in the city centre.

'A number of residents' premises have been continually defaced and the repeated costs for these individuals can be considerable.'

Labour's Kevin Maguire, cabinet member for safe city environment, said: 'Nobody likes graffiti, especially on their own property, and so I understand something of how your constituents feel when they experience it.

'When the council receives a report, it will remove it where it is on public land and/or if it is offensive. If offensive and on private land, then the council will, with the landowners' involvement, remove the graffiti.'

He said, where possible, the council will remove graffiti on public buildings and property within 24 hours if it is offensive or within 14 days for all other graffiti.

Mr Maguire also indicated that in some parts of the city centre problem locations would be targeted jointly by the council and police to prevent and remove the graffiti. The council has not said which locations will be targeted.

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