Graffiti vandals target town centre premises

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GRAFFITI vandals are targetting Brighouse town centre.

Shop doors and walls throughout the town are being attacked by the culprits who are leaving their trademark ‘tags’.

One of the worst affected is the subway in Bradford Road that is used by hundreds of people every day to walk in and out of the town centre.

The graffiti has been reported to the police by concerned traders.

Sergeant Dean Maddocks, who leads the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are getting more reports of damage including graffiti tagging type damage. It is mainly in Brighouse town centre but in other areas too.

“I want to appeal for witnesses to any of the incidents to report them to us if that have seen anything suspicious because it is a blight on the town and will affect trade and is unsightly and the cost involved to get it cleaned off.

“Some of the ‘tagging’ is the same tag but because they are doing it at back doors where they are no cameras but the subway is more of a mural than the rest.”

Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) said he would request that the graffiti be removed as soon as possible. “We are not going to tolerate this anti-social behaviour in the town centre. Too much good work has gone into Brighouse to lift the town and encourage people to come to the town and we are not having this spoilt by these irresponsible taggers. We are collecting CCTV to see if we can pick anybody up.

“We will be making efforts to get it removed as soon as possible. Any information regarding the tags should be given to the police so appropriate action can be taken.”

Sergeant Maddocks is also appealing for motorist to remove items from their vehicles are a slight increase in the number of thefts. “On many occasions items have not been removed and have been left on display. People should try to remove all items from the vehicle.”

Anyone who wishes to report a suspicious incident or has any information about the tagging should contact the Police on 101.