Area defaced by graffiti rampage

This Is Wiltshire: Graffiti and was sprayed along Cross Street and behind the new Morrisons Graffiti and was sprayed along Cross Street and behind the new Morrisons

THE INK had barely dried on the agreement for the sale of Regent Circus before the building was tagged in a spate of graffiti over the weekend.

On Sunday morning residents of Cross Street woke to find a number of properties in the area having been tagged with yellow paint overnight.

The vandals had gone along the street and hit four houses during Bank Holiday weekend, before continuing around the corner and spray-painting the side of the new £40m complex.

The Morrisons supermarket is the closest part of the complex to completion with the exterior walls now in place.

Work on the site slowed during the Bank Holiday weekend, and it was hit with the yellow paint just days after UK Commercial Property Trust put pen to paper to make the acquisition of the central retail area.

Residents in the street were surprised at the bold act of vandalism, something which is usually quite rare in the area. Some people were away during the weekend and had to be informed by social media.

Tarquin Stehle, 55, of Cross Street, said the graffiti had cropped up overnight on Saturday.

“It has been done all the way along this road and down the back of the new Morrisons building,” he said. “They have just written ‘sin’, so I have no idea what that is supposed to mean.”

“They have done it in yellow paint in about three or four different places. They must have come along our side of the street before going around the corner and doing the same thing at Morrisons. You can’t miss it really, it’s quite prominent.

“I first noticed it on Sunday, so they must have turned up and done it on Saturday night. This is very unusual for this area because it is usually pretty quiet around here.

“I don’t know what happens next but the council are usually pretty good at coming around and cleaning it off when this sort of thing happens.

“I saw someone coming round the other day taking photos, but I don’t know how long it will be left there for.”

Thomas Blake, of Cross Street, saw the graffiti first thing and informed his neighbours straight away.

“When it happened to us the council came round and removed it, but it took them a while to come out if I remember rightly,” he said.

“It’s also worth reporting it to the police, as they can log it as a crime and it helps them keep track of individual taggers. Three or four along that side of the street got done.”

Anyone with any information about the incident should contact Wiltshire Police on non-emergency number 101 and speak to the neighbourhood policing team to investigate.

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6:36am Tue 26 Aug 14

bampi says...

Spend thousands catching the scum if you can, and when you do spend thousands prosecuting them and then let them off to do it again.
Bring back the birch or put them in a real prison; if you don't then just put up with the results you have here and stop whining. Now sit back and wait for all the 'do gooders' and softies to write their 'poor dears' rubbish.
Spend thousands catching the scum if you can, and when you do spend thousands prosecuting them and then let them off to do it again. Bring back the birch or put them in a real prison; if you don't then just put up with the results you have here and stop whining. Now sit back and wait for all the 'do gooders' and softies to write their 'poor dears' rubbish. bampi
  • Score: 45

8:01am Tue 26 Aug 14

The Witch says...

bampi wrote:
Spend thousands catching the scum if you can, and when you do spend thousands prosecuting them and then let them off to do it again.
Bring back the birch or put them in a real prison; if you don't then just put up with the results you have here and stop whining. Now sit back and wait for all the 'do gooders' and softies to write their 'poor dears' rubbish.
I wish they'd bring back the village stocks and let us, the public deal with them. I'd gladly 'paint' them with a few rotten eggs and the contents of a **** pot etc.
[quote][p][bold]bampi[/bold] wrote: Spend thousands catching the scum if you can, and when you do spend thousands prosecuting them and then let them off to do it again. Bring back the birch or put them in a real prison; if you don't then just put up with the results you have here and stop whining. Now sit back and wait for all the 'do gooders' and softies to write their 'poor dears' rubbish.[/p][/quote]I wish they'd bring back the village stocks and let us, the public deal with them. I'd gladly 'paint' them with a few rotten eggs and the contents of a **** pot etc. The Witch
  • Score: 36

8:57am Tue 26 Aug 14

Sandor Clegane says...

Bampi captures the process in a nutshell.

Nothing, whatsoever, will happen to the people who did this - even if they are caught and given something (supposedly) more than a poinless 'caution'.
Bampi captures the process in a nutshell. Nothing, whatsoever, will happen to the people who did this - even if they are caught and given something (supposedly) more than a poinless 'caution'. Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 16

9:14am Tue 26 Aug 14

Wiltshirereader says...

Mindless ignorant behaviour, they need to get a life!!!
IF they're caught they should be made an example of, at the very least paint them bright yellow with paint that stays on for a very long time......
Mindless ignorant behaviour, they need to get a life!!! IF they're caught they should be made an example of, at the very least paint them bright yellow with paint that stays on for a very long time...... Wiltshirereader
  • Score: 19

10:03am Tue 26 Aug 14

mrwoo says...

I think it brightens the area up.
I think it brightens the area up. mrwoo
  • Score: -25

10:06am Tue 26 Aug 14

Oldtownmum says...

Morons.
Morons. Oldtownmum
  • Score: 13

12:37pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

If a reward was offered someone would grass them up. Making an example of them might stop it happeing again and is worth a bit of investment in I think.
If a reward was offered someone would grass them up. Making an example of them might stop it happeing again and is worth a bit of investment in I think. Alan Bast*rd
  • Score: 9

12:40pm Tue 26 Aug 14

LionelHutz says...

The best thing would surely be for the press not to report this so the mindless idiots don't get the satisfaction of publicity.

Check all the available CCTV, track them down and make them clean it up themselves.
The best thing would surely be for the press not to report this so the mindless idiots don't get the satisfaction of publicity. Check all the available CCTV, track them down and make them clean it up themselves. LionelHutz
  • Score: 12

12:49pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Hmmmf says...

Alan Bast*rd wrote:
If a reward was offered someone would grass them up. Making an example of them might stop it happeing again and is worth a bit of investment in I think.
I think far too much public money is wasted on criminals as it is. They'd just take it in turns to grass each other up and split the proceeds, tidy little earner for no risk at all.
[quote][p][bold]Alan Bast*rd[/bold] wrote: If a reward was offered someone would grass them up. Making an example of them might stop it happeing again and is worth a bit of investment in I think.[/p][/quote]I think far too much public money is wasted on criminals as it is. They'd just take it in turns to grass each other up and split the proceeds, tidy little earner for no risk at all. Hmmmf
  • Score: 2

2:00pm Tue 26 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

Hmmmf wrote:
Alan Bast*rd wrote:
If a reward was offered someone would grass them up. Making an example of them might stop it happeing again and is worth a bit of investment in I think.
I think far too much public money is wasted on criminals as it is. They'd just take it in turns to grass each other up and split the proceeds, tidy little earner for no risk at all.
Very good point and probably right.

The question is what do we do. Do we spend even more money putting them inside. Most probably have no jobs so a "soft" prison would probably give them more facilities than they have at home. No point in fining them as they have no jobs so just taking it back from their tax payer funded benefits that they have never contributed to is no deterrent.

Stick them in the army would be a good move to show them discipline and respect but also teaches them how to fire a gun and kill people, so is that a good or bad thing?

Anyone with any realistic ideas on stopping this?
[quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alan Bast*rd[/bold] wrote: If a reward was offered someone would grass them up. Making an example of them might stop it happeing again and is worth a bit of investment in I think.[/p][/quote]I think far too much public money is wasted on criminals as it is. They'd just take it in turns to grass each other up and split the proceeds, tidy little earner for no risk at all.[/p][/quote]Very good point and probably right. The question is what do we do. Do we spend even more money putting them inside. Most probably have no jobs so a "soft" prison would probably give them more facilities than they have at home. No point in fining them as they have no jobs so just taking it back from their tax payer funded benefits that they have never contributed to is no deterrent. Stick them in the army would be a good move to show them discipline and respect but also teaches them how to fire a gun and kill people, so is that a good or bad thing? Anyone with any realistic ideas on stopping this? house on the hill
  • Score: 5

2:46pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Sir Fawn Maker says...

crucifixion?
crucifixion? Sir Fawn Maker
  • Score: 6

2:48pm Tue 26 Aug 14

messyits says...

I would have thought anti-graphite materials would have been used in such a modern development.
I would have thought anti-graphite materials would have been used in such a modern development. messyits
  • Score: -4

3:34pm Tue 26 Aug 14

SwindonGary says...

The only real way of stopping this is to have an area where it is legal to do it. What we need is somewhere where they can go and express their art, as this is what it is. Banksey is a street artist and more than likely started out in the exact same way but we all love his artwork.
So in truth lets have an area where this can be done and once its full then we repaint and they can start again. But at the same time they need teaching that its the wrong thing to do and if they want to do this then there is a place for them to go and do it.
The only real way of stopping this is to have an area where it is legal to do it. What we need is somewhere where they can go and express their art, as this is what it is. Banksey is a street artist and more than likely started out in the exact same way but we all love his artwork. So in truth lets have an area where this can be done and once its full then we repaint and they can start again. But at the same time they need teaching that its the wrong thing to do and if they want to do this then there is a place for them to go and do it. SwindonGary
  • Score: -14

3:38pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Hmmmf says...

house on the hill wrote:
Anyone with any realistic ideas on stopping this?

Yes. Singapore.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Anyone with any realistic ideas on stopping this?[/quote] Yes. Singapore. Hmmmf
  • Score: 7

3:51pm Tue 26 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

Hmmmf wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
Anyone with any realistic ideas on stopping this?

Yes. Singapore.
I should have known better than to ask a sensible question!
[quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Anyone with any realistic ideas on stopping this?[/quote] Yes. Singapore.[/p][/quote]I should have known better than to ask a sensible question! house on the hill
  • Score: -1

3:51pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Hmmmf says...

SwindonGary wrote:
Banksey is a street artist and more than likely started out in the exact same way but we all love his artwork.

Speak for yourself. What you call 'art' is to many nothing more than stencilled spray-paint criminal damage, the visual equivalent of (c)rap music, and even Banksy is ashamed to use his real name on it.
[quote][p][bold]SwindonGary[/bold] wrote: Banksey is a street artist and more than likely started out in the exact same way but we all love his artwork.[/quote] Speak for yourself. What you call 'art' is to many nothing more than stencilled spray-paint criminal damage, the visual equivalent of (c)rap music, and even Banksy is ashamed to use his real name on it. Hmmmf
  • Score: 5

3:51pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Phantom Poster says...

SwindonGary wrote:
The only real way of stopping this is to have an area where it is legal to do it. What we need is somewhere where they can go and express their art, as this is what it is. Banksey is a street artist and more than likely started out in the exact same way but we all love his artwork.
So in truth lets have an area where this can be done and once its full then we repaint and they can start again. But at the same time they need teaching that its the wrong thing to do and if they want to do this then there is a place for them to go and do it.
Painting the word "sin" is an example of art, is it?

Why don't they cover their parents house in graffiti instead? In any case, there already are plenty of walls in Swindon which can be used legally - so it's a pathetic excuse.
[quote][p][bold]SwindonGary[/bold] wrote: The only real way of stopping this is to have an area where it is legal to do it. What we need is somewhere where they can go and express their art, as this is what it is. Banksey is a street artist and more than likely started out in the exact same way but we all love his artwork. So in truth lets have an area where this can be done and once its full then we repaint and they can start again. But at the same time they need teaching that its the wrong thing to do and if they want to do this then there is a place for them to go and do it.[/p][/quote]Painting the word "sin" is an example of art, is it? Why don't they cover their parents house in graffiti instead? In any case, there already are plenty of walls in Swindon which can be used legally - so it's a pathetic excuse. Phantom Poster
  • Score: 9

3:54pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Hmmmf says...

house on the hill wrote:
Hmmmf wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
Anyone with any realistic ideas on stopping this?

Yes. Singapore.
I should have known better than to ask a sensible question!
Look up Singapore's Vandalism Act and then tell us why it's not sensible.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Anyone with any realistic ideas on stopping this?[/quote] Yes. Singapore.[/p][/quote]I should have known better than to ask a sensible question![/p][/quote]Look up Singapore's Vandalism Act and then tell us why it's not sensible. Hmmmf
  • Score: 11

6:15pm Tue 26 Aug 14

GANGWARILY says...

Wiltshirereader wrote:
Mindless ignorant behaviour, they need to get a life!!!
IF they're caught they should be made an example of, at the very least paint them bright yellow with paint that stays on for a very long time......
Can't say much fairer than that
[quote][p][bold]Wiltshirereader[/bold] wrote: Mindless ignorant behaviour, they need to get a life!!! IF they're caught they should be made an example of, at the very least paint them bright yellow with paint that stays on for a very long time......[/p][/quote]Can't say much fairer than that GANGWARILY
  • Score: 3

9:26pm Tue 26 Aug 14

messyits says...

Sandor Clegane wrote:
Bampi captures the process in a nutshell.

Nothing, whatsoever, will happen to the people who did this - even if they are caught and given something (supposedly) more than a poinless 'caution'.
Do remember--criminal law does require evidence--not hearsay or thoughts. If the courts (criminal) are lenient the injured party can take private proceedings and claim compensation--with robust procedures to recover.
[quote][p][bold]Sandor Clegane[/bold] wrote: Bampi captures the process in a nutshell. Nothing, whatsoever, will happen to the people who did this - even if they are caught and given something (supposedly) more than a poinless 'caution'.[/p][/quote]Do remember--criminal law does require evidence--not hearsay or thoughts. If the courts (criminal) are lenient the injured party can take private proceedings and claim compensation--with robust procedures to recover. messyits
  • Score: -2

9:49pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Cooler says...

Hmmmf wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
Hmmmf wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
Anyone with any realistic ideas on stopping this?

Yes. Singapore.
I should have known better than to ask a sensible question!
Look up Singapore's Vandalism Act and then tell us why it's not sensible.
Take a look at the Singapore Vandalism Act http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Vandalism_A
ct_(Singapore)

When a US national was convicted under it Bill Clinton 'tried' to intervene. It shows what happens when you really make people come to personally account for their actions.
[quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Anyone with any realistic ideas on stopping this?[/quote] Yes. Singapore.[/p][/quote]I should have known better than to ask a sensible question![/p][/quote]Look up Singapore's Vandalism Act and then tell us why it's not sensible.[/p][/quote]Take a look at the Singapore Vandalism Act http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Vandalism_A ct_(Singapore) When a US national was convicted under it Bill Clinton 'tried' to intervene. It shows what happens when you really make people come to personally account for their actions. Cooler
  • Score: 3

9:59pm Tue 26 Aug 14

timt1964 says...

"it says "sin",not sure what that means" well you live near the library,maybe they have a dictionary you can borrow.think the adver needs to look up the word "rampage" aswell!
"it says "sin",not sure what that means" well you live near the library,maybe they have a dictionary you can borrow.think the adver needs to look up the word "rampage" aswell! timt1964
  • Score: -2

9:00am Wed 27 Aug 14

mug? says...

I don't understand why people feel the need to scribble crap everywhere like little babies.

I quite like graffiti art (I'm excluding Banksy's work here) as the artists do have a talent and would be happy for something nice to be plastered on my wall but not that sort of mindless scribble.
I don't understand why people feel the need to scribble crap everywhere like little babies. I quite like graffiti art (I'm excluding Banksy's work here) as the artists do have a talent and would be happy for something nice to be plastered on my wall but not that sort of mindless scribble. mug?
  • Score: 2

12:05pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Sandor Clegane says...

messyits wrote:
Sandor Clegane wrote:
Bampi captures the process in a nutshell.

Nothing, whatsoever, will happen to the people who did this - even if they are caught and given something (supposedly) more than a poinless 'caution'.
Do remember--criminal law does require evidence--not hearsay or thoughts. If the courts (criminal) are lenient the injured party can take private proceedings and claim compensation--with robust procedures to recover.
'If'?

Good one.
[quote][p][bold]messyits[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sandor Clegane[/bold] wrote: Bampi captures the process in a nutshell. Nothing, whatsoever, will happen to the people who did this - even if they are caught and given something (supposedly) more than a poinless 'caution'.[/p][/quote]Do remember--criminal law does require evidence--not hearsay or thoughts. If the courts (criminal) are lenient the injured party can take private proceedings and claim compensation--with robust procedures to recover.[/p][/quote]'If'? Good one. Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 4

12:14pm Wed 27 Aug 14

PJC says...

Graffiti and tagging are not the same thing. Taggers are usually no-talent juvenile vandals. Proper graffiti art can be very impressive. Paints aren't cheap, and real graffiti artists wear face masks to protect against fumes. I say set up proper walls across the town, maybe combined with skateboard parks, so people can express themselves, but this is just kids tagging, not graffiti.(I don't do graffiti btw, so am un-biased.)
Graffiti and tagging are not the same thing. Taggers are usually no-talent juvenile vandals. Proper graffiti art can be very impressive. Paints aren't cheap, and real graffiti artists wear face masks to protect against fumes. I say set up proper walls across the town, maybe combined with skateboard parks, so people can express themselves, but this is just kids tagging, not graffiti.(I don't do graffiti btw, so am un-biased.) PJC
  • Score: 2

8:42pm Thu 28 Aug 14

RoyCircles says...

Morons!!!!
Morons!!!! RoyCircles
  • Score: 0

9:46pm Thu 28 Aug 14

timt1964 says...

RoyCircles wrote:
Morons!!!!
is that how the artist spelt morrisons?
[quote][p][bold]RoyCircles[/bold] wrote: Morons!!!![/p][/quote]is that how the artist spelt morrisons? timt1964
  • Score: 0

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