Norwich graffiti campaign set for shopping centre boost

A campaign to rid Norwich's streets of graffiti could be about to get a boost thanks to a city shopping centre.

The Evening News has launched its Graffitibusters campaign in a bid to try to combat the growing number of illegal graffiti tags which are blighting this fine city.

The campaign, which is being supported by Norwich police, Central Norwich Citizens Forum, Norwich City Council and the Norwich City Centre Partnership, has urged people to donate money, paint or time to help keep the streets clean.

But last month organisers revealed they were running short on paint and a call was made to businesses to provide materials so the crackdown could continue.

Julian Foster, chairman of the city centre Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel (SNAP), said that they have since been contacted by The Mall Norwich which might be in a position to help. Mr Foster said: 'I've had an inquiry from Alan Day, general manager of The Mall, saying he's got some paint and will sort through it to see if any of it is any use to us – he says he's got quite a lot.'

The inquiry has been welcomed by Mr Foster who said they are still in desperate need of further donations of white or light coloured masonry paint.

A clean-up event is due to take place on Sunday at Weavers Lane, off Haymarket at 8.30am.

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You can help by sending donations to Graffitibusters, Central Norwich Citizens' Forum, 2 Roaches Court, Norwich, NR3 1HJ. Cheques should be made payable to Central Norwich Citizens' Forum.

Donations of unopened tins of paint or opened tins that are properly sealed, should be sent to Sgt Peter Sharples, Bethel Street Police Station, Norwich, NR2 1NN.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Sgt Peter Sharples via 0845 456 4567.

To report graffiti call Norwich City Council on 0344 980 3333, or email

Have you got a story for the Graffitibusters campaign? Call reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772436.