Residents shocked by spate of graffiti

PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 April 2013

Graffiti in Ferry Road, Topsham.

Graffiti in Ferry Road, Topsham.

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Residents of a Topsham street were shocked last week by a spate of graffiti attacks on homes, garages and street signs.

The incidents took place in Ferry Road between Thursday and Saturday, with around 25 individual pieces of graffiti being left on peoples’ property – some of which contained highly offensive language.

Topsham PCSO Sarah Giles said: “Graffiti of this nature is criminal damage and has the potential to cause serious upset anywhere, but especially in a small quiet community like Topsham.

“Many of the homes targeted are owned by older residents who have found the situation, especially some of the language used, very upsetting.

“The Topsham Neighbourhood Police Team will be talking to the residents of Ferry Road with the aim of assessing the impact on the community. We are encouraging anyone who has discovered the tags on their property or in the street, to let us know so we can record all the incidents that have occurred recently.”

One Ferry Road resident, who asked not to be identified, said: “It’s not very large but it’s just unpleasant, and on my particular door it was extremely unpleasant language, and that was not very nice to discover.

“The thing I think annoyed everybody is it just makes you very cross. It’s not upsetting necessarily, even when you get disgusting language, you just feel cross.

“The other thing is the language is not the sort I would want schoolchildren to see, and they walk past every day on the way to the primary school.”

Anyone with information about the graffiti should contact police by calling the non-emergency number 101, or visiting the Devon and Cornwall Police website. All information will be handled in the strictest confidence.

PCSO Giles is also working with graffiti lead PCSO Anthony Keller on a community impact questionnaire for residents.

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