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Graffiti scourge reaches way beyond Norwich city centre

PUBLISHED: 06:31 24 June 2011

St Clements Hill graffiti.

St Clements Hill graffiti.

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Dozens of volunteers have already joined forces with police as the war on graffiti in Norwich goes on, but tags are not just blighting lives in the city centre.

How can you get involved?

Sunday, June 26, from 8.30am to 11.30am outside the Waterfront on King Street

Sunday, July 3, from 8.30am to 11.30am at the Rose Lane car park in Norwich. You can also help the campaign by:

Sending your donations to Graffitibusters, Central Norwich Citizens’ Forum, 2 Roaches Court,

Norwich, NR3 1HJ. Cheques should be made payable to Central Norwich Citizens’ Forum.

Donating paint – Send your paint, unopened tins or opened tins that are properly sealed, to Sgt Peter Sharples, City Centre Safer Neighbourhoods Team, Bethel Street Police Station, Norwich, NR2 1NN.

Volunteering – anyone interested in volunteering to help attend clean- up sessions should contact Sgt Peter Sharples at Bethel Street Police Station via 0845 456 4567 or write to Sgt Peter Sharples, City Centre Safer Neighbourhoods Team, Bethel Street Police Station, Norwich, NR2 1NN.

Reporting graffiti – call Norwich City Council on 0344 980 3333, email info@norwich.gov.uk or log onto www.norwich.gov.uk/webapps/atoz/service_page.asp?id=1562

The Evening News has launched its Graffitibusters campaign to try to stop the spread of illegal tags.

Volunteers have already helped with two clean-ups in the city – the St Faith’s Lane and Pottergate areas – with a third planned in the King Street area starting from the Waterfront at 8.30am on Sunday.

But readers have been keen to highlight other parts of Norwich, outside the city centre, which have a problem with graffiti.

Police are already aware of hot-spot areas in parts of Earlham Road and Dereham Road, while Dolphin Bridge, Douro Place, and St Clements Hill have also been cited by members of the public as problem areas.

The graffiti on St Clements Hill falls outside the city centre safer neighbourhood team’s (SNT) area, but Sgt Peter Sharples urged anyone living in the city to get the issue tackled by their SNT.

He said: “If people in other areas feel graffiti is a particular problem for them they can go to their safer neighbourhood action panel meeting and push the point home.”

He also issued a plea for more donations of paint, adding: “We need more paint, or donations to be able to buy the right colour paint.”

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