Media release - issued 04 Oct 2019

Appeal for witnesses after graffiti attack

Residents of Aldershot are being asked to help track down vandals who have defaced the community peace garden in Manor Park.

Blue graffiti was found all across the walls of the garden over the weekend, on commemorative benches and all over a nearby sycamore tree.

The graffiti was first reported on Saturday afternoon (28 September) and it is believed that it could have happened overnight during the evening of Friday 27 September.

Aldershot's peace garden was opened last year in commemoration of 100 years since the end of the First World War.

The incident has been reported to the police and the council has been checking through CCTV footage to see if it can identify the culprits. Anyone with information is being urged to get in touch with the police using the 101 non-emergency number (crime reference: 44190351152).

Councillor Maurice Sheehan, Cabinet Member for Operational Services at Rushmoor Borough Council said: "We were extremely disappointed to see this mindless vandalism and after checking through CCTV footage, it would appear that the incident happened overnight under the cover of darkness.

"The community peace garden was created as a mark of respect to those who gave their lives during the First World War and it is a beautiful space for people to sit, reflect and to pay their respects. It is heart-breaking to us that it has been defaced in this way."

The costly clean-up work has already started with the graffiti successfully removed from the commemorative benches and the work will now continue on the brick work. Unfortunately, the graffiti on the tree will almost be impossible to remove.

Residents can report environmental issues to the council while out and about using the Love Rushmoor mobile app.

The app makes it easier to report issues such as graffiti, littering and fly-tipping direct to the council, along with photos and a location.

Residents can also report incidents of antisocial behaviour to the police through the emergency 101 number or by emailing communitysafetyteam@communitysafetynh.org.

 

 
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