Police appeal after graffiti in the Deepings

Police community support officers Raechell Last and Michelle Laughton with some of the graffiti
Police community support officers Raechell Last and Michelle Laughton with some of the graffiti
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POLICE investigating more than 100 incidents of graffiti in a town are appealing for help in tracking down the vandals.

Market Deeping and Deeping St James have been plagued with graffiti tags on shops, walls, road signs and telephone exchange cabinets.

Police officers in the town say the problems flared up six months ago and are hoping that people in the town will help them find the vandals.

One of the people looking into the problems is police community support officer Raechell Last.

She said: “It is just everywhere.

“We want it to be stopped.

“It is going to take a lot of hard work to get rid of it all and once we have got rid of it all we would like the problems to cease because Market Deeping and Deeping St James residents do not want to see it.

“It is making the place look horrible.”

Officer Last has a bulging file of photographs of incidents of graffiti, which includes the use of marker pens, spray cans and even pictures cut out of magazines of snowmen with guns.

One of the worst incidents was the scrawling of the word “Scamy” in large letters on a changing room in Park Road, Deeping St James.

Officer Last has also seen graffiti sprayed on a closed shop in the precinct and on dog poo bins across the area.

She also says that similar graffiti has been found in a park in Drift Road, Stamford.

The mess in the Deepings will be removed by people on community service.

Officer Last is now hoping that parents will help the police to crack down on the vandalism problem.

She said: “I would ask parents to contact us if they notice spray paint or big marker pens.

“I know what is in my little boy’s waste paper bin.”

Anyone with information on the problems should contact police on 0300 11 0300.