Parks police investigating spate of graffiti attacks

Published: Thursday, July 16, 2020

The council’s parks police team are investigating a rash of graffiti vandalism on buildings and structures close to Wandsworth Common and examining CCTV footage of the culprits.

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One teenage vandal has been caught on film and efforts are now being made to identify him.

Because of his apparent age the council has decided not to publish images showing his face, but the parks police will be contacting local schools and colleagues in the Met Police to see if he can be identified.

Patrols will also be stepped up around Wandsworth Common to deter further outbreaks.

The council’s community safety spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “Spraying tags and random squiggles to disfigure and damage walls and buildings must surely be among the most senseless, pointless and inconsiderate of acts.

“It creates public concern, causes annoyance, increases fear of crime and costs significant sums of public money to remove.

“We now have some pretty good CCTV images of a least one teenage vandal who’s been filmed red-handed. If we are able to track him down we will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against him.”

People can report graffiti vandalism in Wandsworth via the council’s website.

The graffiti removal service works in partnership with London Crimestoppers to tackle the problem. Anyone with information about those responsible can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and pass on information anonymously. Callers who give information that leads to a prosecution could be entitled to a cash reward of up to £1,000.

Alternatively people can pass on that information by emailing graffiti@wandsworth.gov.uk.

The council follows a zero-tolerance approach to graffiti and will act to remove it whenever it can be seen from public spaces. The removal service aims to remove tags and other non-obscene graffiti within three days – but where it is offensive, racist or obscene the aim is to remove it within 24 hours.