10:27am Thursday 26th September 2013
HOMES, vehicles and businesses were targeted by graffiti-spraying vandals who went on the rampage in Halesowen.
The attacks took place last Friday night, damaging property in Howley Grange Road and Spies Lane.
Memorial stones on display at Dallows Monumental, Victoria Avenue, were targeted along with Quinton Methodist Church.
Inspector Dez Lambert said the spate was being taken “very seriously” by police and accused the culprits of making the “maximum impact” on the community, spraying obscene messages and leaving a distinctive ‘CNS’ calling card tag.
He said: “It’s bad enough when it’s shops and places that are attacked, but when it’s people’s homes and cars it’s very intrusive.”
The side walls of a bungalow in Bournebrook Crescent and a house in Spies Lane were hit as well as cars, a van, street signs and bollards, Rev Dr Paul Beetham, from the Ridgeway Avenue Methodist church which had paint daubed on a window frame, said: “We are very sorry for those who have been affected by this, it is very distressing.”
Dallows Monumental administrator Paula Ely said two stones had been daubed with the CNS tag, but staff had managed to clean it off, with no lasting damage.
She said: “It’s just so stupid, I don’t know why they do it. It’s awful.
“It’s bad enough on a business but to have it done to people’s homes and property is quite distressing.”
Insp Lambert said there had been reports of several dozen incidents over Friday night and during the last couple of weeks across Halesowen.
He said a number of tags had been sprayed, some of which were familiar to officers.
Many residents have been able to clean the graffiti off themselves and Insp Lambert said there had been “great support” from Dudley Council staff in cleaning up the mess.
“It’s a small group of individuals who are responsible for most of the graffiti and we are arresting them one by one,” he added.
Two people have been arrested so far, one of whom has been charged with criminal damage and breaching an anti-social behaviour order. He will appear before Dudley magistrates next Tuesday, October 1.
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