Woodley Town Council find solution to graffiti

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Woodley Town Council find solution to graffiti

Posted: 08/06/2007 09:19:21

Neighbourhood team and Woodley Town Council find solution to graffiti problem

Police believe they and Woodley Town Council have found a long term partnership solution to the graffiti problem in Woodley.

The area has recently been hit by a spate of tags and although 60 crimes have been cleared up in the past month, members of the Neighbourhood Policing team have been determined to find a long-term solution to the issue.

Now, with the help of an anonymous donation, a hoarding will be put up next to the youth shelter in Woodford Park that youngsters can cover in graffiti.

Then, every few weeks, the tags will be covered over by staff from Woodley Town Council and the youngsters can start again.

Neighbourhood Specialist Officer Jen Banfield, who has led the police response to this problem, said: “I am delighted that we have found a place where youngster who are into street art can do so legally.

“I think this is a long – term solution to the problem. There is no doubt that graffiti spread all over an area can be damaging to its appearance but this form of art is not going to simply disappear.

“By giving those interested in this art a place where they can display their work, I think we will dramatically reduce the number of tags that spring up in the rest of Woodley.

“This is not about giving in to people – it is about creating a mutual respect between the youngsters and authorities and that is a key part of Neighbourhood Policing.”

The graffiti wall will be in use from the start of July and will be painted over every few weeks so that the youngsters always have a space to display their work.

PC Banfield will also make regular visits to schools in the area where she will take part in assemblies to educate children about graffiti and the consequences of damaging property.

Ch Insp Tony Ismay, the Commander of Wokingham LPA, said: “I think this is an excellent partnership initiative which will give youngsters the opportunity to display their street art legally.

“The residents of Woodley have been blighted by graffiti for some time now. Over the past two months our neighbourhood officers have arrested a number of individuals who between them have admitted in excess of 60 graffiti type offences to private properties.

“I am hopeful that this initiative will continue to reduce incidents of this nature which can only be a good thing for Woodley residents. That said, my officers and staff will continue to tackle those people who choose to act illegally and damage other people’s property.”

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