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We will clean up offensive graffiti in Saltney

Published date: 10 January 2014 |
Published by: Romilly Scragg 
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OFFENSIVE graffiti will not be allowed to ruin Saltney’s image, a community leader has insisted.

Police are appealing for information after words and images were spray-painted onto public buildings, businesses, fences and post boxes in the town.

Flintshire county councillor for the area Veronica Gay said that whatever the reason for the markings, it was unacceptable.

“Whoever it is is obviously a bit anti-Saltney,” she said.

“They have been going round doing all these phallic symbols and writing things.

“We can’t decipher what they wrote, but it was clear he was not happy.”

Cllr Gay said the first she knew about the graffiti was when she was told about a “massive” X-rated image painted on the back of the community centre.

“He must have been on someone’s shoulders, it was that big,” she said.

After she had reported the vandalism last week, Cllr Gay said she thought that would be the end of it.

But more images started to appear in locations all around the town.

The Bridge Street area was targeted, she said.

Flintshire Council workers were due to remove the rest of the graffiti on Wednesday.

Fellow Saltney councillor Richard Lloyd said: “Hopefully, it won’t come back. It’s not what we want to see.

“We’re doing our best to make the community look nice and then this happens.

“It’s just a shame people don’t have anything better to do.”

Cllr Gay said North Wales Police had been informed and were now appealing for information.

“Whoever it is has made his or her mark all over Saltney,” said Cllr Gay.

“But if people want to do something like that, they have to be accountable for it.

“It’s not acceptable. When you see things like that, it gives a terrible impression that no one cares. But we do care and we try to keep the community in good order.”

Flintshire Council head of Streetscene Steve Jones confirmed the graffiti would be removed on Wednesday.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 101. Alternatively, you can provide information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers Wales on 0800 555 111.

For more news from across the region visit newsnorthwales.co.uk

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