Spalding’s ‘dirty’ vandals must be punished

‘Disgusting’ vandals behind offensive graffiti in Spalding town center must face severe punishment, says a top councilor.

Racist and homophobic words and phallic symbols were daubed on walls in and around Gore Lane and Drapers Place – two popular car parks for people visiting and working in Spalding.

The police have issued an appeal to catch the culprits – and demanded that the graffiti be removed.

A racist word was sprayed on Beales’ back. It was blurred here to avoid offense. (57801059)

Earl Gary Taylor, the district council’s portfolio holder for communities and facilities, said he supported the police appeal, saying: ‘We need to know who committed these crimes – because it’s a crime is not art, it is filthy vandalism.

“We have to catch them and there has to be a severe punishment.

“We have to show that we don’t accept this – it’s not our way of life.

“It’s not the message to say ‘Welcome to Spalding or South Holland’, we don’t accept that.”

Councilor Taylor said there was a problem with a wave of graffiti a few years ago – and believes catching and punishing people may nip it in the bud.

He said the public could help with that, adding: “Rumor may have been around who is committing this crime.

“This message has to be for the public – who does that? Bring them back.

“It’s not cool, it’s not good, it’s offensive. Let’s stop this immediately.

“We must not pass by and turn a blind eye to this.”

Some graffiti has been in place for several weeks.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesperson said: ‘Police are aware of the graffiti in the area around Drapers Place and Gore Lane and are investigating.

“We have also requested its deletion.

“If anyone has any information on this please contact us on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

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