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Graffiti Busters

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A graffiti-busting project is taking to the streets of Birmingham thanks to the City Council, West Midlands Police and the Youth Offending Service (YOS).

Youngsters who have received referral orders for graffiti-related vandalism will help clean up as part of a YOS reparation scheme.<br><br>They will work alongside a multi-agency team in Steyning Road in South Yardley this Sunday (12 August) to clean and protect shop roller shutters, which are frequently vandalised.<br><br>The pilot initiative will deliver a complete package including application of anti-graffiti coatings on the shutters, graffiti removal, cleaning and painting, and advice for shopkeepers on maintenance.<br><br>Councillor Neil Eustace, Chair of the Public Protection Committee, will be joining the team on Sunday. He said: “Roller shutters are a magnet for graffiti and are frequently vandalised when shops close for the night. We have spoken to shopkeepers in the area about this scheme and they are all very positive and keen to work with us to keep the area clean.<br><br>“Graffiti is criminal damage and will not be tolerated. It blights communities and increases people’s fear of crime. I am delighted that some of those who have trashed our shops are now going to have to clean them up.”<br><br>Inspector Paul Clarke, from West Midlands Police, added: “This is a great example of partnership working to improve our local neighbourhoods and this latest initiative forms just part of our ongoing work.<br><br>“The graffiti clean-up follows a graffiti awareness project with year 6 pupils in the Yardley area, which saw officers engaging with young people for a day or afternoon in the final term of summer, taking pupils on neighbourhood patrols and discussing issues like litter, vandalism and graffiti.”

Meanwhile in north London, Camden’s graffiti removal service has cleaned up graffiti covering an area the size of a football pitch since a new free service was launched in April.

The borough-wide graffiti removal service is helping to keep the streets clean by making it free for residents to have graffiti removed from private residential or business property.

The Council has received over 250 calls and over 50 written requests from residents to have graffiti removed from their property since April.

The total area of graffiti removed from both private and public property was more than 6600m2 between 1 April to 30 July.

The number of offensive graffiti tags removed, including those which were racist or contained bad language, was 78.

The council has three dedicated graffiti-busting teams who get rid of any graffiti that can be seen from a public place and reached from ground level. To have it removed, residents and businesses should report it to the Council via the telephone hotline or our website.

Residents have told the council that graffiti is one of the top three issues that affect the quality of Camden’s environment.

Cllr Mike Greene, Executive Member for Environment, Camden Council said: “We are delighted that so many residents and businesses are taking up the offer to have graffiti removed for free from their properties. Hopefully our ongoing efforts to remove graffiti will help to stamp out this unwelcome antisocial behaviour.”

The council is continuing its work to prevent graffiti by educating and raising awareness of the problems it causes. This includes workshops with schools and ‘community payback’ schemes in which young offenders help clean up graffiti.

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