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News - 24 November 2007
Young artist paint a mural on a graffiti hot spot

Brighton MP supports tough action against graffiti vandals

David Lepper has voiced his support for tougher punishments for graffiti vandals. David Lepper, Brighton Pavilion Labour and Co-operative MP, is backing a call in Parliament for more prosecutions for this type of vandalism.

In Brighton CityClean and the Brighton and Hove Business Forum have been working together to control the levels of graffiti. CityClean has taken a very hard line approach and does not tolerate any illegal graffiti or tagging in the city.

All tags are removed within hours of being reported and genuine artists are being given opportunities to display good work in appropriate place that have been designated for the purpose.

David Lepper says, "I know how strongly residents and owners of businesses in both the city centre and in the suburbs feel about graffiti.

"Locally there has been a lot of good work by the police working with community and business groups to identify and deter those responsible. Graffiti can make it look as if people don't care about the area and that's not good for anyone.

"But if the Crown Prosecution Service won't back action against graffiti criminals who spoil other people’s homes and property, that undermines much of the police’s good work."

The parliamentary Early Day Motion reads, “That this House notes the problems caused by graffiti and tagging; believes that this is a good example of a crime that warrants a community punishment; further believes that an appropriate community punishment would be to clear up the mess created; fails to comprehend why the Crown Prosecution Service refuses to prosecute cases where less than £5,000 of damage is done; and calls for those who create the mess of tagging to be required to clear it up.”

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