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Graffiti spree put to a stop

RATTLED residents in Elmdon were celebrating last month as a youth who went on a graffiti spree was arrested.

RATTLED residents in Elmdon were celebrating last month as a youth who went on a graffiti spree was arrested.

The 17-year-old was charged after admitting to a total of 104 offences of tagging which saw everything from cable boxes to bollards in the area littered with graffiti.

Rangoon Road and Ebrington Avenue were the worst affected areas as was Valley Road which also saw the bridge covered in a series of tags.

Councillor for Elmdon, Glenis Slater said that it was a 'huge relief' to find the culprit responsible for 'ruining our streets.'

"It was a total mess and a real nuisance for the local residents to clear up.

"The council wiped everything off the bridge but it was the locals that got rid of the rest."

Coun Slater works with the Environmental Champions, a group who clear up the mess, in an attempt to rid the borough of vandalism.

Graffiti is a problem that still affects most areas in Solihull and Coun Slater is worried that it could get worse.

"Everywhere seems to be a target, and Elmdon Park especially has received its fair share," she said.

Even the historic wall which surrounds a late 18th century nature reserve by the parkway has been ruined by vandals.

"They're destroying everything, and ruining our heritage. Soon there will be nothing left."

 

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