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Tough measures to stop graffiti yobs in Yorkshire

Thursday, November 20, 2003

A new campaign to identify and fine graffiti taggers has been welcomed as great news for local people by Meg Munn MP


Shopping a graffiti tagger could get you £500 under a new campaign launched today which aims to remove the eyesore graffiti tags which blight communities. The campaign features posters of the most prolific tags - the unsightly signatures which graffiti offenders leave - on train carriages and stations.


Posters with the words “Name that tag” encourage people to phone the Crimestoppers number - 0800 555 111 - if they know who is behind the featured tags. Those giving information leading to a conviction could be eligible for the reward.


The “Name that tag” project is among the first of a new programme of action which forms part of the Government’s Action Plan on anti-social behaviour. Over the coming months the campaign will roll-out across the country in a series of targeted work tackling abandoned cars, graffiti, begging and nuisance neighbours.


Meg Munn MP (Labour, Sheffield Heeley) said:


“Graffiti can ruin an otherwise nice area and we all know areas that have been blighted by the mindless actions of taggers who seem intent on covering every surface. This campaign is good news and I’m sure that with the help of local people we can identify the minority of individuals whose spray painting creates an intimidating atmosphere in our public spaces. By identifying and convicting graffiti taggers we can make Sheffield a cleaner, safer place to live.


“I’m pleased the Labour Government has launched this crackdown on anti-social behaviour and I’d urge local people to ring Crimestoppers with any information they have.”


 Hazel Blears, Home Office Minister for crime reduction and policing, said:


“Graffiti tagging is certainly not harmless fun. It creates eyesores which blight our communities and damage people’s quality of life. Graffiti tags spoil our enjoyment of public places, increase fear of crime and foster an environment where crime and anti-social behaviour can thrive. They are a burden on businesses and local authorities across Yorkshire who are left to clean up graffiti on property and public spaces. Clean-up costs alone can run into to millions of pounds a year which we all have to pay for.


“Removing graffiti is essential if we are to restore confidence in communities and help address the problems of anti-social behaviour. This campaign is part of a concerted drive by the Government to improve people’s lives in the communities most affected by anti-social behaviour.


“This campaign will help tackle the problem of graffiti so we can make our communities better places to live.”


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