Graffiti vandals target street signs

14:19 18 January 2013

Graffiti on signs down the Salterton Road in Exmouth. Photo by Terry Ife ref exe 6725-03-13TI

Graffiti on signs down the Salterton Road in Exmouth. Photo by Terry Ife ref exe 6725-03-13TI

Archant

more than a dozen bus stops, street signs, lampposts and highways notices have been daubed with ‘offensive’ graffiti.

And the police are urging residents to help them find the culprits.

Dozens of pieces of street furniture, including the ‘Welcome to Exmouth’ and ‘South West in Bloom winner’ signs, stretching from the entrance to Liverton Business Park on Salterton Road to the top of Dinan Way, were sprayed with gold paint.

The vandalism was thought to have occurred late on Monday night, and by Tuesday teams of council workers had started trying to fix the damage. Town clerk Colin Poole said that the clean-up could cost several hundred pounds: “It is just mindless, it really is. I really don’t know what they were trying to achieve.

“It probably happened quite late at night, but somebody must have seen something.”

He added that the cleaners had to be very careful in the clean-up: “The problem is that paint remover can damage traffic signs and if that happens the bill increases.”

PCSO Ben Tithecott said: “We have received reports of extensive graffiti predominantly along Salterton Road, Exmouth and Dinan Way.

“Some of it has been of an offensive nature.

“We have been working in co-operation with East Devon District Council to remove the graffiti; we have commenced our investigation to apprehend offenders.

“Could the public please be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour of actual acts of graffiti to the police.”

You can contact the police on 101, 999 or anonymously via crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.

0 comments

Other News Stories

15:46

The number of recorded crimes in three out of four Exmouth neighbourhoods rose year-on-year in 2016, according to figures released by Devon and Cornwall Police.

Read more
11:26

County planners have been asked to approve the long-awaited completion of Dinan Way at a meeting next Wednesday (January 25).

Read more
06:30

The amount claimed in expenses by East Devon MP Sir Hugo Swire during the last financial year has been revealed.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:52

This stunning view will become the outdoor ‘office’ for the new East Devon Pebblebed Heaths’ conservation manager

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

The hunt is on to recruit two new local youths to sign up for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) course.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:28

An ‘unprecedented’ disaster that has left a lasting legacy in East Devon

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

An Exmouth woman has been nominated for a national award after losing two stone in three months.

Read more
Tue, 17:39

Ricky Gervais has pledged to donate gig profits to animal charity Nowzad, which was founded in Exmouth,

Read more
Tue, 12:30

Rugby players from Exeter Chiefs visited Otterton Primary School this week.

Read more
Tue, 10:00

An ‘anti-motor home’ pensioner from Exmouth has hit out at a Good Samaritan’s plan to spread seafront cheer to strangers.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: -1°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications