Council cleans graffiti that has blighted Thetford streets

Councillor Jane Bishop at Haling Path in Thetford. Breckland Council are attempting to clear up gaffiti hotspots ANL-160522-141608009
Councillor Jane Bishop at Haling Path in Thetford. Breckland Council are attempting to clear up gaffiti hotspots ANL-160522-141608009
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A council is in the midst of a mass clean-up of graffiti across Thetford following increased incidents which have blighted the town.

Breckland Council has taken action by cleaning the vandalism which has been daubed on public buildings, walls and bins.

It follows reports of increased incidents of graffiti in the town and the council says it is developing a longer term plan to deal with the issue.

A spokesman said: “We take the issue of graffiti very seriously.

“We have cleaned the graffiti reported to us on public buildings, walls and bins - this was removed by our partner Serco.

“Breckland has no authority to remove the graffiti on privately owned sites so we have contacted the owners and are working with Serco to remove this graffiti as a matter of urgency.

“Going forward, we are working with partners including the police to develop a longer term plan to tackle the issues of litter and graffiti in the town - this will address both clean-up and prevention.”

The move has been welcomed by Cllr Jane Bishop, who highlighted the Haling Path area as a graffiti hotspot.

She said: “A lot of people think graffiti is art and to an extent I would agree with them but the graffiti around Thetford is not what I would call art.

“It’s commendable that Breckland has said ‘let’s get rid of it’.

“We really have got to get to a stage where we name and shame because it just ruins everything for everybody. It costs councils millions of pounds to remove graffiti and it’s not fair. Go and draw on your own walls.”

Residents can report graffiti using the ‘report it’ button at www.breckland.gov.uk or call 01362 656870.