A SPATE of yobbish graffiti is turning a town into a ghetto, angry councillors have said.
‘Tags’ with the markings MD7 have been daubed on walls, fencing and cars in Shotton.
Town councillor Elwyn Jones has accused the culprits of turning parts of the town into a ghetto and police are calling on the public to help find those responsible.
Last week the Leader reported how the MD7 tags were being sprayed on property across the area despite the efforts of Flintshire Council’s Streetscene workers to remove them.
And on Monday night the self-styled ‘artist’ appeared to have struck again.
Community leaders, who desperately want to raise Shotton’s profile in a bid to boost its economy, are worried the graffiti will damage the town’s image.
Cllr Jones said: “Vandals and thugs who are vandalising the area are turning Shotton into a ghetto and running it down.
“Hopefully things won’t get that far, but it gives the impression that it is like a ghetto because of the state of the place.
“Unless you enforce against these things people will continue to vandalise.”
Cllr Jones claimed that mounting vandalism is also inciting fear among some people, who will no longer leave their homes at night.
“It is frightening people and they don’t want to go out,” he added.
Police Sergeant Sue Richards confirmed more markings had been reported overnight on Monday.
White spray paint had been used to spray MD7 on fencing in Pippins Close.
She has called for townspeople to be vigilant and to report sightings of anyone seen carrying spray paint.
Another Shotton councillor, Mike Evans, said: “Unless this problem is nipped in the bud it will end up looking like a ghetto.
“This could be a childish prank but it has gone too far and it is giving people the wrong message about a nice place.”
The MD7 tag has also been spotted on signs on the A494 near Queensferry.
The spate of graffiti comes two weeks after business owners said a combination of soaring business rates, parking problems and a decline in footfall are stifling success in Shotton.