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Super start to Norwich graffiti clean-up campaign

PUBLISHED: 09:13 23 June 2011

The new anti-graffiti campaign launch in Norwich City Centre. 
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

The new anti-graffiti campaign launch in Norwich City Centre. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

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Keep your support coming - that was the message from community leaders following the first successful clean-up as part of a battle to rid the streets of graffiti.

The Evening News has launched its Graffitibusters campaign to try and stop the spread of illegal tags which are threatening to blight this fine city.

As part of the campaign, which is being supported by Norwich police, Central Norwich Citizens Forum, Norwich City Council and the Norwich City Centre Partnership, members of the public are being asked to donate money or time to help keep the streets clean.

Julian Foster, chairman of the City Centre Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel (SNAP) was delighted with how the first clean-up, in the Tombland area, went on Wednesday and hoped for a similar success story next week at Pottergate.

He said: “The one this week was really quite well attended and there were quite a lot of people - mostly young people which was really nice.

“We’ve restocked with paint and so are ready for them - we’re hoping for a similar number.”

People wanting to take part in the Pottergate clean-up should meet at the Belgian Monk at 6pm on Wednesday. Protective clothing will be provided, but volunteers are advised to wear old clothes.

Norwich City Council receives between 400 and 500 reports of graffiti a year with the council spending more than £1m a year on cleaning the streets of Norwich, which includes tackling graffiti.

To find out more about the campaign or how you can help log onto www.eveningnews24.co.uk and click on Graffitibusters on the home page

Have you got a story for the campaign? Call Peter Walsh on 01603 772436 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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