City pledges to wipe out graffiti

Pc Darrell Brown and PCSO Leesa Bennison examine graffiti on the Durham University Buildings in New Elvet. Below, Leesa Bennison underneath New Elvet Bridge, which has been cleaned of graffiti.
Pc Darrell Brown and PCSO Leesa Bennison examine graffiti on the Durham University Buildings in New Elvet. Below, Leesa Bennison underneath New Elvet Bridge, which has been cleaned of graffiti.
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POLICE are hoping to clean up Durham’s streets by targeting the favourite spots of graffiti vandals.

They are trying to track down the vandals behind tags which blight the city – with the one calling him or herself SBK at the top of their hit list.

The effort is part of a crackdown backed by Durham County Council, Durham BID, the probation service’s Community Payback Team, the city’s university and private landlords.

Hot spots targeted with extra patrols and clean-up sessions include Moatside Lane, the rear of North Road and Fowlers Yard.

The council spent £10,000 on cleaning those places, as well as New Elvet Bridge, in May.

Pc Darrell Brown, of Durham City Beat Team, said: “A walkabout of the Durham City area in April enabled us to highlight key areas affected by graffiti damage.

“We are pleased to report that, since the major clear-up in May, very little graffiti has returned.

“The group has agreed there is no quick fix and is committed to providing a long-term solution by working in partnership when any new areas of concern are reported.

“These areas are routinely patrolled. Anyone found writing graffiti will be dealt with and prosecuted.”

As part of the campaign, the city’s Shopwatch scheme is helping to monitor incidents.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.