Victims of graffiti could face fines of £2,500 if they fail to remove it, under new proposals from Southend Council.This….err…bold move stems from the ‘seven environmental issues’ highlighted in a draft ‘Environmental Enforcement Policy’ that has just been issued by the council and which they claim:
… aims to crackdown on persistent offenders.Except, of course, it doesn’t do that, does it? It aims to crackdown on the poor sods plagued by persistent offenders.
Hopefully, the negative publicity this will undoubtedly bring the council will force them to rethink. Otherwise, it’s a good way to drive your business rivals out of business…
Or perhaps Jacqui Smith’s next bright idea might be locking up the victims of knife crime!