Growing concerns over graffiti in Heathfield
The increase of graffiti in Heathfield is causing concern for residents.
Locals have noticed the growing amount of graffiti in the area and are calling for more action to be taken to prevent this vandalism.
A Heathfield resident (who wishes to remain anonymous) contacted The Heathfield News about his concerns: “I am alarmed at the amount of unsightly graffiti on any available vertical surface in the area.
“Prosecuting offenders is the best option. I believe an examination of social media posts from the area could lead to the identification of these offenders and even put a stop to this anti-social behaviour.”
What is being done to tackle this issue?
Brighter Heathfield, a small group local of volunteers dedicated to clearing the town of rubbish, said: “We have been concentrating on picking up litter and brightening the area with plants. The graffiti is a recent activity, and we hoped that by clearing the area of litter this wouldn’t happen.
“We are also aware that we do not know the type of paint that was used. Clearing it will most likely require the need for noxious chemicals, which we may not be able to use.”
Heathfield and Waldron Parish Council are also aware of this growing issue. They have said: “We have received a number of complaints from residents and have been working with our contractor to remove some of the graffiti.
“Unfortunately, the people responsible for the graffiti (which is likely to be only a small number of individuals) continue to feel that it is acceptable to vandalise property. We would therefore encourage anyone who witnesses anyone creating graffiti to report it to the police.”
What is the penalty for graffitiing?
For those over 18, the maximum imprisonment can be over 10 years. For those aged 12 to 17 years, the maximum custodial penalty is a detention and/or a training order of up to 24 months.
What do I do if I have witnessed people creating graffiti?
If you have witnessed individuals vandalising the local area, please contact Sussex Police via their website https://www.sussex.police.uk/. They are appealing for information.