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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