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Writing on the wall for taggers

GRAFFITI cost local taxpayers a whopping £160,000 last year, new figures have revealed.

GRAFFITI cost local taxpayers a whopping £160,000 last year, new figures have revealed.

Clearing up taggers’ handiwork set Solihull Council back £94,000 and Solihull Community Housing £66,000.

Chelmsley Wood is the graffiti capital of the borough - with around 500 incidents.

Other hot-spots included Smith’s Wood and Kingshurst, where council housing is a popular target.

But the local authority has also had to fork out thousands to keep areas like Shirley and St Alphege clean.

Solihull Council said that it was working closely with volunteers, community groups and the probation service to crack down on the problem.

The latest figures show an increase on the previous year, when graffiti cost the council £149,000.

 

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