Volunteers will ‘blitz’ graffiti in Grantham

Graffiti on the bridge over the Witham near Stonemasons Court.
Graffiti on the bridge over the Witham near Stonemasons Court.
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Action will be taken to remove a swathe of graffiti which blights a long stretch of the River Witham from one end of Grantham to the other.

A group of people who say they are passionate about the river area will attempt to clean away the graffiti next weekend.

Graffiti sprayed on a wall by the Witham.

Graffiti sprayed on a wall by the Witham.

The paint has been sprayed on brick walls, fencing, bins, signs and pavements.

One resident says he has called the police but has not had any response. The man, who asked not to be named, told the Journal: “The vandalism has turned what was a pleasant walk by the river into an awful place where you do not feel safe. I and other people I know have reported this to the police on 101 but have yet to have a response.”

He added: “The graffiti seems to be the work of the same people as the names and designs are the same. The worst places are an area near the sheltered housing on Harrow Street, at the back of Sainsbury’s and the footbridge over the river near Stonesmasons Court.”

Another resident has told the Journal that local gangs are responsible for the graffiti. Some of it refers to gangs and much of the wording is offensive.

Graffiti sprayed on brickwork near the Witham at Harrow Street.

Graffiti sprayed on brickwork near the Witham at Harrow Street.

Grantham Rivercare volunteers will meet in Wyndham Park on Saturday, November 28 and work their way along the river, cleaning up. Rivercare leader John Knowles said the group had done a fabulous job in recent years to clear the river of rubbish only for their efforts to be 
spoiled by this spate of vandalism.

Mr Knowles added: “We will go out next Saturday and blitz it. Our Rivercare team continues to do a brilliant job in keeping pace with rubbish people dump in and around the river. However, we now need to make a concerted effort to eradicate the awful graffiti that has appeared.”

Mr Knowles added: “It is all along the stretch of river up to Harrowby Mill. It spoils what is a lovely walk along there. We are passionate about our river and we will not let this spoil it for us.”

Mr Knowles called on other groups to get involved in looking after the river and the town so that visitors and tourists, as well as residents, can appreciate it. He said the vandalism was a “dreadful” thing for visitors to see.

Graffiti at the back of Harrow Street, by the River Witham, in Grantham.

Graffiti at the back of Harrow Street, by the River Witham, in Grantham.

South Kesteven District Council is helping to clean up the graffiti and is providing materials, including Hammerite paint, to deal with it.

A council spokesman said: “We were alerted to the graffiti on and close to the riverside path in Grantham and our streetcare services team is currently attending to clear it. This will be completed as soon as possible.”

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said: ““Graffiti is an offence of criminal damage and, if prosecuted, offenders can face a fine or even imprisonment. We would urge anyone who witnesses graffiti being done to contact police straight away”.

Graffiti on a bin by the River Witham.

Graffiti on a bin by the River Witham.