COUNCILLORS in Hebburn are calling for a clampdown on local graffiti artist vandals.
Coun Ian Harkus and Richard Porthouse are urging the police and South Tyneside Council wardens to continue the drive to prevent graffiti works, including “tags”, from being plastered on walls, gates and fences across the town.
Coun Harkus said the problem has been increasing for the past two to three months, despite efforts from the council to clean up the mess that has sparked outrage from residents.
He said: “Both Northumbria Police and the council were dealing with it.
“It was cleaned up, but there’s more now.
“There were two arrests made recently, but now we are finding that younger people are going out and copying them.”
One area which has had a particular problem is the streets around Hedgeley Road.
“Residents want the council to know that they don’t agree with it,” said Coun Harkus.
“And they want to know if the council can do anything about it, and when it will be cleaned away.
“It has been cleaned up, but it is a problem that has continued to escalate.
“Residents and the public should be aware of this, and if they do see someone spraying graffiti, they need to report it straight away.”