October 16th, 2008

The Writing’s on the Wall

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

Thanks to a heads-up from a reader for this story.

Council chiefs in Wadebridge, Cornwall have built a 6ft high by 30ft long wall in a park so that local vandals have somewhere other than railway bridges & people’s garages to practice their artistic talents.

Built at a cost of £3000, the wall is designed to be a home to all the town’s grafitti. It is the brainchild of Police Sergeant Robin Moorcroft.

Prior to the official opening of the wall at the end of October, someone has sneaked under the fence & sprayed “I paid my tax & all I got was this lousy wall!!” Ironically, the wall was apparently built with donations of materials & labour from local people & businesses but will now have to be repainted at tax-payers’ expense.

Sgt Moorcroft isn’t happy & says he will be criming & fully investigating the matter, which is rather strange given that police fail to investigate the vast majority of petty vandalism. (see my blog entry yesterday) I suppose that’s unless it’s a pet project of the local police which gets damaged.

Time will tell whether acts of grafitti vandalism go down when the wall is ‘opened’ & whether this is money well spent. I recall a similar project somewhere else in the country was blighted by grafitti panels being pulled down by vandals before anyone got a chance to spray them with sub-standard scribblings.

I don’t know, we’ll have NHS trusts spending £400,000 on yachts to treat unemployed youngsters next…

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  1. officer dibble says:

    I thought that story was great.Clearly one of Wadebridges finest has lost its sense of humour.Why does the wall have to be cleaned at public expense? It isn’t as if they are opening up a museum or civic centre or something.The whole point of the wall is for it to be continually covered in aerosol paint as local graffiti artists do their stuff.Maybe it wsa a local graffiti artist whose tag is ‘I paid my taxes and all I got was this lousy wall’ Not a Banksy but the honesty is clear to see.

    October 17th, 2008 at 02:22

  2. Zac Smith says:

    What will Sgt Moorcraft be investigating next? Drivers driving on roads? People watching films in cinemas? Working in offices? It’s the thin end of the wedge!

    October 17th, 2008 at 14:03

  3. plodnomore says:

    I thought the wall was for self expressive forms of art – otherwise known as graffiti – which shows that at least one citizen has taken the good Sgt’s intentions to (he)art. It would be a good thing if Sgt Moorcroft stopped taking matters so seriously, repair the sense of humour bypass and took steps to prevent real crime. Could it be that this now means the good Sgt will not now be considered for the local Community Police officer of the year?

    October 17th, 2008 at 19:53

  4. Tony F says:

    ‘All in all your’ just another brick in the wall’

    With apologies to Pink Floyd.

    October 18th, 2008 at 01:50

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