Paper Clip Posse Graffiti On the Marine Way Bridge

Photo: The Marine Way Bridge

Vandals have spray painted graffiti across Southport’s iconic Marine Way Bridge, Southport

Sefton Council Rapid response team will be removing graffiti from under the bridge later today, Thursday 19 January 2017.

Resident Nick Greene, 36 said: “I thought they had cameras and security around this area due to the town having limited police?”

“Obviously either not working, or not being monitored – This town has gone to the dogs!”

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.


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