TWO youths, who daubed a Shirley bridge with graffiti, have been made to clean up their act.
Police had managed to identify the duo who were responsible for the vandalism - thanks to information from the local community
An officer then paid a visit to the pair’s homes and told the parents - who were appalled by their children’s behaviour.
Rather than press charges, police decided to make the youths paint over their handiwork.
The youths, who cannot be named for legal reasons, bought paint, brushes and rollers out of their pocket money and spent last Sunday re-painting the entire bridge.
Sgt Rick Poolton, from the Shirley neighbourhood team, said that authorities took a zero-tolerance approach to graffiti.
“It is a criminal offence and one that my team and I are rigorously targeting and as such is given priority status,” he said.
Police have taken pictures of various tags and are carrying out investigations to track down the individuals responsible. If the culprits are of previous good character, police may decide to find a community solution - as they did in this recent case.
Sgt Poolton is also encouraging youths to get involved in local clubs and organisations, as a way of keeping out of trouble.