Graffiti tags popping up all over Goole – daubed over buildings, walls and doorways – are making the town look so ‘run down and uninviting’ that an appeal has been launched to put an end to the vandalism.
In a fight back against the unsightly scrawl, Humberside Police and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) have joined forces to ask for the public’s help to identify those responsible.
The tags have been spotted around Goole in the last few weeks and ERYC’s anti-social behaviour team, together the police would like to bring the ‘scrawlers’ to justice.
Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for community involvement and local partnerships at ERYC, said: ‘Not only is graffiti unsightly, but these graffiti tags are, in fact, acts of criminal damage and have no place in Goole.
‘We will work with Humberside Police to deal robustly with anyone who is identified as committing these offences. Cleaning up the graffiti can come at a cost to the public purse and the property owner.
‘We really need the public to be our eyes and ears and report any suspicious activity, however small or insignificant it may seem so positive action can be taken against those who persist in damaging property.
‘Anyone whose property has this tag or any other graffiti on it can contact the council for advice on getting it removed and help may be available.”
Chief inspector Iain Dixon said any information about those responsible would be welcomed and he said: ‘Graffiti often makes areas look run down and uninviting and this is simply not the case.
“Goole is a safe place where people take pride in the appearance of their neighbourhoods.
‘By working with ERYC, we are determined to identify those responsible for the graffiti tags scrawled across the area and encourage the public to take a stand and give us any information they may have about who is responsible.’
Anyone wishing to report an incident of graffiti should contact Humberside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. To report an incident of graffiti that needs removing, contact ERYC’s anti-social behaviour team on (01482) 393680 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org