Sprays found at scene of graffiti

PUBLISHED: 16:47 17 January 2008 | UPDATED: 18:00 31 May 2010

One of the graffiti tags

One of the graffiti tags

GRAFFITI was sprayed onto a number of walls around Saffron Walden last week, causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage. Residents woke up last Wednesday morning to find large tags, words and other designs had been applied to walls around the town during

GRAFFITI was sprayed onto a number of walls around Saffron Walden last week, causing hundreds of pounds' worth of damage.

Residents woke up last Wednesday morning to find large tags, words and other designs had been applied to walls around the town during the night.

A garage near to the Uttlesford District Council offices on London Road, the shops in Rowntree Way, a listed wall near to the duck pond at the bottom of Park Lane, the community resource centre in Fairycroft Road and the United Reformed Church (URC) in Abbey Lane were all targeted in the spree.

Various symbols and words were written, including the word "PADZ" at the URC and "Who spilt my beer?" at the shops on Rowntree Way.

Police are hoping that someone will come forward with information that will help them catch the culprit, and prevent more of Saffron Walden's buildings being defaced

in the future.

PC Ian O'Sullivan, of Saffron Walden Police Station, said: "We hope someone will come to us with information. It is important to emphasise that graffiti is criminal damage and as such will lead to a criminal conviction. It causes damage to people's property and costs them money to clean up."

The police are hopeful that evidence recovered near to the council offices will lead them to the people responsible for the damage.

Spray-paint cans and stencils used for the crude designs were found and have been sent off for forensic examination.

PC O'Sullivan said: "We are seeking witnesses to this, but are also having the dumped equipment examined in the hope that it will lead us to whoever was responsible.

"We recommend that the person or people that did this come forward now, before the forensic examination leads us to them."

A 19-year-old from Saffron Walden, who did not wish to be named, said: "It's a real shame these people did this. These designs have no artistic merit, look as though they were done by someone with no creative talent at all and just spoil the town for everyone else."

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