Police seek help to identify Horncastle town centre graffiti artist

Police say graffiti in Horncastle is becoming an issue EMN-141206-125334001
Police say graffiti in Horncastle is becoming an issue EMN-141206-125334001

It is hardly the work of the legendary Banksy and the black squiggly artwork probably wouldn’t win any international awards.

Nevertheless, police in Horncastle are asking for the public to help them identify who is responsible for an outbreak of graffiti in the town.

The graffiti has appeared on a number of business premises, including the walls of the Post Office which have just been re-painted.

PCSO Nigel Wass told a meeting of the Town Council last week that police were determined to track down the culprit.

He said: “We have not received any official complaints but it is still an offence.

“It’s perhaps most noticeable on the walls of the Post Office but other buildings have been targeted.

“It looks as though it is the same person who is responsible.

“We are asking the public for help. Someone must know who is doing this.”

Town Mayor Coun Sandra Campbell-Wardman said the graffiti was an eye-sore.

She added: “The Post Office walls were only painted five minutes ago and now this goes and happens.”

Local businessman Richard Barker revealed graffiti similar to the Post Office had appeared on one of the white columns outside his shop in the High Street.

He said: “It happened a couple of weeks ago.

“It’s not clever, but it is annoying and very frustrating.

“I’ve tried to clean it off and the only way seems to be with a scrubbing brush and nail-varnish remover.

“I know two or three other premises have been affected.

“It is something we could all do without.

“I suppose you could paint over it but the person who is responsible would probably just come back again.”