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Graffiti is no joke’

PUBLISHED: 14:15 21 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:32 25 August 2010

DAMAGE: Ha ha!’ was daubed on a car bonnet.

DAMAGE: Ha ha!’ was daubed on a car bonnet.

SERIAL graffiti artists have pushed one resident to breaking point and incensed others after spraying silver paint on homes then writing p***ed and Ha Ha! on their cars. Yobs sprayed their tags and offensive messages on walls, shop fronts and garage

SERIAL graffiti artists have pushed one resident to breaking point and incensed others after spraying silver paint on homes then writing "p***ed" and "Ha Ha!" on their cars.

Yobs sprayed their tags and offensive messages on walls, shop fronts and garage doors in Jubilee Way, Sidcup, late on Saturday night, the third time in the space of 12 months.

But in a move that "crosses the line" they turned their attention to people's cars.

One resident, Steve Hadlow, said: "When I saw that they had sprayed the cars, I thought if that had been my car it would have been the final straw, I'm moving out.

"I'm fed up, this is not right, they have crossed the line this time. It's the taxpayer that ends up paying for the mess to be cleaned up. I don't know if the car owners can claim through their insurance or not."

Tags 'VOKE' and 'StO' were also sprayed on the railway underpass off Station Road.

The matter has been reported to police but people in the area have had enough and want to see the culprits caught.

Paul Hurren of Jubilee Way Residents Association, said: "There is a criminal fraternity hell bent on vandalising our property.

"We've had it before on the walls but this time by targeting people's cars they have gone too far, it's not fair."

He is set to meet with the Neighbourhood Police Team to see what measures can be put in place to deter another graffiti spree, which crops up roughly every six months.

Mr Hurren added: "They use distinctive markings so I'm hoping someone at the council is keeping a record which the police can use to track them down. Even if they can catch them, I don't know whether they would be able to prove anything."

He said he will ask community support officers if the culprits were seen on CCTV cameras located near Sidcup rail station, opposite their flats. The residents' association will look into getting a community grant to improve security with lighting and cameras. Bexley Police said anyone with information should call 0300 123 1212.


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