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Graffiti costs could be slashed by new initiative

Graffiti that costs a town £100,000 a year to clean up could become a thing of the past thanks to a new campaign from the Reading Evening Post.

The “name and shame” initiative is backed by Thames Valley Police, Reading Borough Council and the Reading Crime Prevention Panel.

Off The Wall will target the vandals whose ugly “tags” blight the town.

The campaign will name culprits by following graffiti artists through the courts after they have been arrested and printing their photographs and addresses.

Cash rewards will be offered to encourage the public to report offenders to the police and the campaign will call on the courts to hand down the stiffest possible sentences to discourage others.

Evening Post editor Andy Murrill said: “We want to let these vandals know that Reading has had enough.

“If they carry on they will be caught, and we will make sure their neighbours and employers know who they are. If they have any sense they should stop now.”

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