Parts of South Tyneside are being plagued by daily graffiti attacks.
Dozens of walls, fences and buildings in the Laygate and Tyne Dock areas of South Shields are being daubed with unsightly words.
However, hours after any of the tags are removed they reappear overnight, despite increased police patrols in the area.
One pensioner, from South Eldon Street, said: “This is the second time I’ve cleaned it off my fence, it just comes back again right away.”
Another resident, who also wished to remain anonymous, added: “It’s so ugly, it’s taking over this part of the town, everywhere you look there’s another bit of graffiti about this Skelly.
“But the minute it’s removed or painted over, it reappears overnight. It’s almost not worth trying to clean it up.
It’s such a messAngry resident
“Someone, or perhaps a group of people, are dedicating a lot of time to this, but it’s such a mess.”
The graffiti has also been spotted on the new houses at Reed Street, a bus stop at South Eldon Street, both Laygate, plus on the walls of businesses in Boldon Lane and Green Lane, near Tyne Dock.
Northumbria Police has said it is aware of the ongoing issue and has upped the number of officers on the streets.
A spokesman said: “Over the last few days, police have been made aware of a number of reports of graffiti in the West Harton area of South Shields.
“On each occasion, offenders have sprayed offensive messages onto private property. Police have increased patrols in the area and are asking for witnesses to come forward.
“Enquiries into the incidents are ongoing. Anyone with information about those responsible should contact police.”
Councillors are now urging people to report any graffiti they see.
Coun Nancy Maxwell, lead member for area management and community safety, said: “Our Handy Estates team are aware of the graffiti and a clean-up operation is underway. Investigations are also being carried out with support from partner agencies to try to identify the culprits.
“Graffiti is unsightly and gives a negative impression of an area. It is a shame that a minority of people choose to spoil our environment in this way.
“Cleaning up graffiti places an additional and unnecessary burden on our already extremely stretched resources.
“We spend an estimated £100,000 a year removing graffiti from our neighbourhoods.
“I am sure taxpayers would agree that there are much more worthwhile causes to spend our limited funds on.
“We would encourage members of the public to contact us with any information about instances of graffiti.”
To report graffiti to the council’s team call 427 7000 and witnesses are asked to contact the police by calling 101 quoting reference 307 030718.