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29th Jun, 2022

Resident fined for painting over graffiti

A WELL-intentioned resident who painted over graffiti scrawled on a skate park is now facing a bill for £277.50p to put it right.

The offending graffiti was sprayed on the skate park in Studley by two local youths.

With the area heavily covered by CCTV cameras, the culprits were quickly identified, they admitted their guilt and the local police safer neighbourhood team dealt with the issue.

Punishment would be through retribution – getting the vandals or their families to pay to put right the damage they’d caused – a total of £419.50 for labour and the cost of anti-graffiti paint.

But then last Thursday morning a local resident, not related to the youths, but known to parish councillors took it upon himself to paint over the grafitti – only the paint he used wasn’t non-slip and could, parish councillors feared, cause an accident.

“It’s on a non-slip surface and now makes it dangerous for the youngsters to skate on,” council chairman Paul Beaman told the parish finance committee.

“If only they’d come to us in the first place and offered to do it, but doing it this way has only made the situation worse.”

Coun Colin Summers said: “They probably had the best of intentions but unfortunately it was the wrong thing to do.”

Parish clerk Lesley Gailey said it was cost £277.50 to take the ramp concerned back to bare metal and then re-painted.

Local police officers have been asked to approach the resident.

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