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Park graffiti vandals hunted by police

DEFACED ... walls at North Marine Park, South Shields, have been targeted by grafitti vandals.

DEFACED ... walls at North Marine Park, South Shields, have been targeted by grafitti vandals.

GRAFFITI vandals who damaged walls in a South Tyneside park are being hunted by police.

The scrawlings ‘Lawe Top Crew’, ‘Hippy’, ‘Ginge’ and ‘Calvirz’ were daubed on walls outside the bowling green in North Marine Park, off Lawe Road in South Shields.

The attacks happened in November, but police have only now released pictures of the graffiti.

Neighbourhood Inspector Peter Sutton wants to hear from anyone with information.

He said: “Scrawling graffiti on people’s property is not a game.

“It is vandalism, and those responsible are committing a crime.

“It costs to clean it up and it spoils the look of our borough.

“Northumbria Police and our partner agencies will not tolerate crimes such as this, and we will be working with the community to find out who is responsible.”

Police are also investigating a spate of graffiti attacks in Jarrow and Hebburn, which happened earlier this month.

There were nine attacks on firms, homes and council properties overnight between Friday, February 1, and Saturday, February 2.

Two 18-year-old men were arrested on suspicion of being responsible.

They have been released on bail as police investigations continue.

The graffiti incidents, ranging from simple initials to colourful designs, were in Gladstone Street, Hebburn, and Park Road, Albert Road, Northbourne Road and Bedewell Industrial Estate, all Jarrow.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Twitter: @ShieldsGazCrime

 

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