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Council act fast to clean up graffiti following ASB incidents in Grimsby town centre

3:49 pm, Friday, 17th May 2024 - 3 weeks ago


North East Lincolnshire Council’s Street Cleansing operatives have acted fast to remove graffiti from parts of Grimsby town centre following a spate of vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

Crews discovered a number of crude images graffitied across planters, shop fronts and pavements in red spray paint throughout the town centre at around 6am on Thursday, 16 May. Along with this, they found a cast iron benched that had been torn from its mountings on Victoria Street.

Acting quickly to make the area safe, they taped off the bench near to the junction of Victoria Street and George Street and removed the graffiti immediately.

However, these are not the only instances of anti-social behaviour across the town centre in recent weeks.

Crews also discovered that a number of railings surrounding the River Freshney at the Riverhead had been removed and thrown into the river during their daily inspection on Monday, 13 May. Unfortunately, the damage to the railings has also caused the stations to become misaligned which could lead to extensive repair works.

A set of railings adjacent to the bus stop were also removed some time last week, creating a further danger to those in the town centre. As a precaution, both sections have been cordoned off with hazard tape as the Council works to restore them as quickly as possible.

The Council are currently reviewing CCTV footage for any evidence regarding these incidents. Anyone with information about the above incidents is asked to contact Humberside Police on the 101 non-emergency number quoting the crime number 24000067596.

Councillor Ron Shepherd, Portfolio Holder for Safer and Stronger communities, said: “This behaviour is frankly deplorable.

“To damage and deface local amenities that are there for people’s safety or comfort is absurd. As a Council, we do what we can to make the town centre an enjoyable and safe space for everyone.

“With regeneration of the wider area and refurbishment of sites like St. James’ Square in recent years, Grimsby is becoming a more and more desirable place to be.

“However, the minority appear to want to ruin this for the rest of us. North East Lincolnshire Council operates a zero tolerance policy when it comes to incidents such as this.

“The person or people responsible for all of these acts of vandalism will be made to pay for their actions, no one should feel they can detract from our borough through criminality.

He added: “I would also like to thank our Street Cleansing operatives who had the foresight and quick reactions to make the area safe and remove the crude graffiti. They are a credit to North East Lincolnshire Council.”

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