Graffiti vandals went on the rampage at Chalkwell railway station causing hundreds of pounds of damage.Not an unusual occurrence, it seems, either.
They had armed themselves with a pink spray can and scrawled tags along Ridgeway ending up in the ticket office.
Barry Bond, who lives in nearby Undercliff Gardens, said graffiti was a persistent problem in the area, which he regularly helps clear up.Never a truer word, Barry, never a truer word…
He said: “It’s never ending. I don’t think there’s an answer to it apart from punishment, and there’s no punishment given.
“If there’s a deterrant, people wouldn’t do it. I remember when I was a lad you dared not ride a bike without a light on the front and back.”
PC Chris Abbott, neighbourhood specialist officer for Chalkwell Marine, said they keep an eye on all suspected graffiti taggers in the area.What exactly is he a ‘specialist officer’ in? Keeping an eye on things?
“If anybody sees anybody doing it then they can call 999. Or, if they see new tags, come up let us know so we can go down there and have a look at them.Yeah, I bet they are shaking in their trainers at the thought of being ‘spoken to’ by PC Art Critic…
“We generally have a list of suspects who have links to different tags and if they are tags we are aware of, then obviously those suspects will be spoken to.