[16 MAR 01]
WARWICKSHIRE CONSTABULARY NEWS
Fear As Old Buildings Hit By Artists
buildings have been daubed by graffiti artists and police are
worried that the vandalism could become an epidemic.
problem in Atherstone town centre has existed for some time, but
officers say recent incidents have escalated.
high silver lettering has been sprayed on the Old Station building
in Long Street, while the nearby Health Clinic has also been
cleaning bill for the damage is likely to run to more than £1,000.
Andy Stretton said enough is enough:
must make it very clear that although the graffiti artists
believe this is street art it is criminal damage and a crime.
appreciate that there is a lot of skill involved and shows a
level of artistic talent, but it makes the town look awful and
is very distressing for the people who have to have it removed
at considerable expense.
Stretton said he and his fellow town centre officer, PC Paul
Keeling, are hoping to find another canvas for the artists to use.
hope to work with the local schools to find out who is doing it
and if a facility could be provided where these people could
show off their work without committing a crime and making our
town look so unsightly.
with acts of petty vandalism this is a quality of life issue
really, and the people of Atherstone deserve better.”