VANDALS have struck on a South Tyneside estate, daubing graffiti on paving slabs and cable-boxes.
The unsightly paintwork, including obscenities, has been left on streets on the Parkway Estate in South Shields.
It comes just weeks after the area being cleaned up of graffiti by South Tyneside Homes.
This latest round of vandalism has left Coun Ernest Gibson, one of South Tyneside Council’s ward members for the estate, appalled, and he is calling on anyone with information on the identity of the culprits to contact police.
Coun Gibson said: “This kind of behaviour is disgraceful.
“It has only been a matter of weeks since the team were out cleaning the area of graffiti and now this.
“We need to clamp down on these people who are doing this and make them clean it up themselves.
“It is not only frustrating to me as a ward councillor, seeing what is a blatant disregard for public property, but also for the residents who are having to see this unsightly damage where they live.
“Once again, I would urge anyone with information to contact police, the council or myself, so action can be taken against those carrying out these acts of vandalism.”
Inspector John Smith, of the West Shields and Riverside neighbourhood beat team, said: “We are aware of concerns about anti-social behaviour on the Parkway Estate, and police patrols have been stepped up in the area.
“Officers are speaking to residents to offer reassurance and send a clear message that disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated.
“We encourage anyone who may have witnessed any graffiti or anti-social behaviour in the area to report it to police on 101 ext 69191.”
Earlier this month, the Gazette revealed that it costs cash-strapped South Tyneside Council £2m a year to clean up graffiti, litter and abandoned waste.
Anyone who sees graffiti, or has information on those carrying it out, is asked to call the council on 427 7000.
People who see someone in the act of leaving graffiti are asked to call the police on 101 ext 69191 or the council’s community wardens on 420 3713.