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Police bid to find those responsible for Haydon Wick graffiti
THERE has been widespread condemnation of a number of strange markings which have been scrawled around Haydon Wick over recent days.
Symbols, letters and numbers have been found daubed on walls, roads and pavements in the area in white gloss paint.
The attacks have been described as nothing but mindless graffiti by locals, councillors and police.
Many of the markings have since been removed but the culprits have yet to be caught.
“My reaction when I first saw it is probably not printable,” said Mark Lemon, a part-time maintenance worker, of Paddock Close whose garden wall was found covered in letters on Saturday morning.
“We found the first lot of graffiti on Saturday morning and some more was put down on the path the following day.
“It was all very strange and it’s not what you would normally expect to see. We haven’t had any graffiti here for about six months.
“If whoever is responsible is that keen to do some painting then I have some walls in the house that need doing.”
There have been several other graffiti attacks elsewhere in the area with several walls in Rushmere Path targeted along with a road near Haydon Court.
Some of the graffiti was spotted by newly elected councillor Oliver Donachie (Con, Haydon Wick).
He said: “It’s not what you would normally see. The neatness of the writing suggests it is someone older.
“Whoever is doing it needs to stop now though as it is causing a lot of upset. Much of the graffiti is occurring on private property so it is affecting a lot of people.”
Police are keen for any information on the tags ‘KID KAOZ 09’ or ‘ACDC’ as these were sprayed on to walls in the area.
The attacks at the weekend follow a spate of racist graffiti which appeared in West Swindon.
Swastikas, combat 18 and racist language were daubed over garages along the alleyway between Rayfield Grove and St Mary's Grove.
A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: “Many of these locations are in very open areas or are alongside roads so we are appealing for anyone who saw the offenders causing this damage to come forward.
“Graffiti is criminal damage and this is a serious offence and causes a blot on our landscape.
“Wiltshire Police treats crimes such as this very seriously and an investigation is now under way .
“If anyone recognises the style of writing, or has paint which has gone missing, they should contact us immediately.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.
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