Labour candidate calls for urgent action at graffiti hotspots in

Labour Manor Ward candidate Diane Roberts points out some of the graffiti in Thornton.


Crosby & Thornton Labour Action Teams have called on Sefton Council to quickly remove vandalism at a graffiti hotspot.

Action Team leader Diane Roberts, who is Labour's candidate for Manor Ward in May's local elections, has contacted the council to get the area at the park off Runnells Lane in Thornton cleared.

Diane said the graffiti, which contains obscene language and images need to be cleared immediately.

Diane said: "I was told about the graffiti by residents who live nearby who told me that there are children who are seeing this every day. It needs to be removed promptly.

"I would not be happy having my young relatives see this graffiti.

"It blights the area, damages the community and it is offensive.

"I have contacted the council and told them of the urgency of this case and they have taken the full details."

But Diane is concerned that the problem will only get worse because the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats on Sefton Council have voted to axe the Sefton Graffiti Squad.

Diane said: "I've pressed the urgency of getting the graffiti at this spot removed, but I know how hard pressed the council will be now that the Tories and Lib Dems have axed the dedicated graffiti squad.

"I know full well just how effective the graffiti squad has been in Crosby and Thornton. They very regularly deal with vandalism in our community.

"The danger with axing the squad is that graffiti attracts graffiti, so in very little time we will end up seeing more and more graffiti build up.

"As a result, our communities will end up becoming blighted by vandalism and litter because the Conservatives and their Lib Dem pals are thoughtlessly cutting services which affect communities like ours.

"But I will monitor this particular case and any other areas of graffiti which are flagged up to me and the rest of the Crosby and Thornton Labour Action Teams to ensure that action is taken."

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