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

Yesterday, 18:31

A storytelling for grown-ups workshop takes place tomorrow (Saturday, October 1) at Twyford House, Sidmouth.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:34

Police say they have identified a semi-naked woman who sparked anger and scorn after she was photographed in a gross act of indecency with one of Exmouth’s dinosaur trail models.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

Withycombe motorists face disruption due to water supply works for the second time this year after an upcoming road closure was announced by South West Water.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

The first Exmouth Community Market (ECM) is tomorrow (Saturday, October 1), from 10am to 6pm, in The Strand.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

An Exmouth athlete says he is ‘proud’ to have returned to the Paralympic Games, 12 years after making his debut.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Exmouth.

Read more
Thu, 18:30

There’s still time to discover toys that are not only educational but have a serious adult message.

Read more
Thu, 12:30

A binge drinker has been fined for stealing perfume.

Read more
Thu, 12:01

Fire crews were called out this morning (Thursday) to reports of a fire at a home in Rolle Street.

Read more
Thu, 10:50

Warnings of a potential nature and wildlife ‘catastrophe’ have prompted a motion calling for Devon County Council (DCC) to take action ‘before it is too late’.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 11°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

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications