Graffiti louts shame town

Carlo Biagioni, chairman of Act, with the graffiti at the entrance to the Corn Exchange.
Carlo Biagioni, chairman of Act, with the graffiti at the entrance to the Corn Exchange.

GRAFFITI louts have shamed Alnwick once again, by spray-painting town centre walls just days after a massive clean-up by volunteers.

Members of Alnwick Chamber of Trade (Act) recently tidied up the area around the Corn Exchange and its entrance onto Bondgate Within, painting over scrawl left on its doors and picking up bags of litter.

But their hard work was wrecked by vandals who used bright red paint to daub the initials ‘KC’ and ‘AD’ across a white wall which looks directly out onto the main shopping area.

The letters ‘YMS’ were also sprayed on the wall of the steps leading up to the Corn Exchange, overlooked by the smart maisonettes built on the opposite side of the lane.

Carlo Biagioni, chairman of Act, said: “A lot of people gave up their time and effort to try and make this part of Alnwick look presentable. They painted over graffiti and picked up bags and bags of rubbish. Then this happens.

“It is beyond belief. We have to ask ourselves, if we paint this over what’s to stop it happening again and again? The only answer is strong action by the police. We can’t let these vandals get away with it.”

Coun Gordon Castle said: “I think it’s utterly appalling. This is the desecration of our town, the most public form of anti-social behaviour imaginable.

“These vandals have made the town look dreadful. What they have done is inexcusable and they must feel the full weight of the law.”

Neighbourhood Inspector Sue Peart said: “We know of this and are following up some strong leads at this time.”