A thoughtless vandalism has become a graffiti sprinkler attacking several businesses in Sutton Coldfield town centre.
About a dozen premises along Birmingham Road are believed to be ‘tagging’ with blue spray paint in the overnight incident from Tuesday, January 4 to Wednesday, January 5.
Unsightly marks were seen in Money Corner on Wednesday covering buildings from the Mothball Empire Cinema to Sutton Coldfield Cottage Hospital.
Among the buildings targeted were the former Bell Lacs Solicitors, Iceland, Tesco, Plus One Accountants, former Icon Barbers, Otto’s Pizza, Superior Barbers and Rebellion restaurants and the gates between the 2 Duke Street tower blocks.
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Paul Baker, who oversaw the area, noticed the damage and alerted the authorities.
He said: “That’s the scale of it. This is something that is not seen in the context of a downright crappy mess.
“It’s done on a large scale and doesn’t make the area attractive. It’s disappointing to see, especially for businesses. It’s destructive, a pointless activity and mindless vandalism.
“It’s created a real eyesore for residents and businesses. The money it takes to clean it can be spent on other things.”
The area’s town and city councilor David Pearce described the graffiti as “tragic”.
And he said it follows a similar spree near Sutton’s train station before Christmas. Clerk Pierce said: “I was informed of this vandalism this morning and have shared it with city council officials. It is usually cleaned up by them.
“I think this is absolutely condemnable. This is blatant vandalism which is not wanted in our city. It is a pity that these individuals have nothing better to do. We have to get rid of it as soon as possible.
“We need to see someone doing this and report it to the police. If they can get a picture of who is doing it, all the better.”
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He continued: “I had reports of similar activity around the Railway Road area before Christmas, with someone putting graffiti on a BT box.
“The criminals were seen and the residents shared with me who they thought it was. And it was shared with the police. But I haven’t heard anything.
“I don’t know what people do. We don’t want this stupidity.”
Sutton Coldfield Town Council’s Rangers service responded swiftly to clear up some of the mess at Empire Cinema.
A spokesman for the council said: “Goofy graffiti was painted on the walls of the Empire Cinema.
“Within hours of this being reported by a concerned resident, it was quickly removed by the Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council’s Town Ranger team, helping to keep our town free of this crisis.
“If residents have local issues or proposals for an area that needs some TLC by Sutton Coldfield Town Rangers, they should contact Town Council at Townrangers@suttoncoldfieldtowncouncil.gov.uk.”
Mr Baker, who witnessed the damage, also painted the objectionable marks in the former Bell Lakes Solicitor Building.
But the graffiti remains elsewhere in the area.
West Midlands Police confirmed that they are investigating the incident.
A spokesman for the force said, “We are investigating a series of barbaric attacks where graffiti has been sprayed on buildings.
“We are reviewing the CCTV and trying to identify who was responsible. If you can help us, send us a message via live chat on our website. West-midlands.police.uk Citation reference number 1174 of 5/1/22 ..”
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