Appeal after repeat graffiti taggers continue to blight streets of Newark

13 June 2019

Vandals who continue to spoil the town with graffiti are today being warned: we’ve caught you on camera.

Police and council officers are appealing for information after graffiti vandals continue to target Newark town centre.

Bollards, signs, walls, post boxes and bridges have been hit by a string of vandalism in recent months and new CCTV images are being released by Newark and Sherwood District Council, in partnership with Newark Police, to try and trace the culprits.

Spray paint has been used to scrawl the letters “UDC” and “candy shop” in dozens of locations and the council and police are urging anyone who may have any information as to identifying the offenders to get in touch as soon as possible.

Such graffiti is illegal according to UK law, as it comes under the Criminal Damage Act 1971.

In March, CCTV footage captured close to the Aldi store on Northgate caught the “candy shop” vandals in their tracks as they scrawled the same graffiti tag in 24 different locations in Newark.

The two individuals are first caught on camera on March 18 at 19:56. Both are seen walking down Water Lane, both dressed in dark clothing and wearing baseball caps. One of the youths is seen holding a white carrier bag.

The pair were then seen on CCTV spraying one of the tags on a wall near Aldi, with the same tag found in other locations across Newark, including Lincoln Road, St. Mark’s Place and the riverside near Millgate.

District council leader, Councillor David Lloyd, said: “We appreciate that the footage is not as clear as we would like but someone must recognise the clothing, walk and demeanour of the two individuals pictured.

“Graffiti on this scale costs thousands of pounds to remove and the vandals behind the “UDC” and “candy shop” tags clearly have no such pride and their pointless, mindless behaviour is not only against the law, but it has caused an unsightly mess for residents, local businesses and visitors.”

Inspector Heather Sutton, district commander of Newark and Sherwood police, said: “Graffiti is a criminal damage offence, selling aerosol paint to children is an offence and having an article with intent to damage property is an offence. The 24 graffiti tags, mentioned above, amounts to 24 offences of criminal damage. This is a significant blight on the community and I would like to see the community stand with us, and against this repeat offender. Please take time to view the CCTV and let us know if you recognise the offenders.”

The district council is currently in the process of removing every piece of illegal graffiti defacing walls, doors and bollards across Newark and Sherwood, to maintain a clean, safe and vibrant environment for everyone living and working in the district.

Using the most up-to-date equipment and materials, illegal graffiti is being removed thoroughly and with minimum impact on the environment.

If you recognise the “UDC”, “candy shop”, or any other tag or have information on the offenders, please phone 101 or report to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 anonymously.

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