Sunday morning worshippers attending All Saints Church at Victoria Square Penarth are certain to see today that the church’s new services board has become the latest target of graffiti gangs who are defiling an increasing amount of property in Penarth.
The new notice board was installed within the last few days after the previous one was damaged by the winter storms – but on Friday night it was attacked by vandals.
Graffiti has also been sprayed in the last few days onto the newly whitewashed walls of Victoria Garage – over the way from the Cefn Mably pub. The garage however has its own CCTV cameras and is understood to be providing images to the police.
Police are already investigating the “tags” used by the prolific graffiti gangs – and are liaising with local schools in an attempt to identify the youths thought to be responsible.
Further down the same lane several back walls, rear entrances and even the side walls of of some traditional Edwardian redbrick houses have been daubed with graffiti paint.
The issue is so serious it was raised with the police by Cllr Clive Williams (Independent Plymouth Ward) in last month’s the meeting of Penarth Town Council .
Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell) told the same council meeting that graffiti was “ big issue all over Penarth and it seems to have got worse recently”
.Inspector Gary Smart of Penarth Police says two of his officers are now gathering information on the graffiti gangs – and known individuals – in a bid to stamp out what is becoming a serious anti-social problem.