Marine Way Bridge peppered with Graffiti May 8th, 2016 webteam Latest News Shares Comments View Gallery Marine Way Bridge peppered with Graffiti Close x Shares Photo: The Marine Way Bridge Vandals have spray painted graffiti across Southport’s iconic Marine Way Bridge, Southport Sefton Council Rapid response were today in action removing graffiti from Chapel Street, Southport. Resident Gareth Ellis, 36 said: I thought they had cameras around some of these areas ? Obviously either not working, or not being monitored. Anyone with information as to who could have done this is asked to call Southport Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. The laws on public property are very strict and anyone caught doing graffiti can be arrested and prosecuted under the Criminal Damage Act 1971. Offenders can go to prison for ten years or fined if the damage costs more than ?5,000. If the damage caused is less than ?5,000, you could face three months imprisonment or a ?2,500 fine. The Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 introduced new powers for local councils to punish offenders and to help them clear up illegal graffiti. These included: •• On-the-spot fines of £50 to anyone caught doing graffiti on public property. These can be given out by police officers, community support officers or local authority officials; •• Giving local authorities the power to give clean-up notices to owners of street furniture such as phone boxes if they have graffiti on them. If the property is not cleaned in 28 days the authority can remove the graffiti themselves and charge the owner for this service; •• Making it an offence to sell spray paint to under-16s. If a shopkeeper can’t prove they took reasonable steps to determine the age of the person, they can be fined up to £2,500. Anyone with information as to who could have done this is asked to call Southport Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to email@example.com – relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Related Comments comments!