Vandals cover ‘special’ park’s signs and benches in brightly-coloured graffiti

The ‘artists’ have tagged a number of signs and a bench covering them in red and pink graffiti squiggles.

People living nearby have been disappointed to see the tags appear – with one city councillor calling it a “real shame” they had targeted a “special place”.

There have also been calls for police to regularly patrol the park.

Among the signs graffitied are the Perdiswell Park signs and information boards about the canal and animals living at the park.

A park bench has also been targeted.

Worcester News: GRAFFITI: The Perdiswell Park signGRAFFITI: The Perdiswell Park sign (Image: Alex Mace Community Campaigner)Alex Mace, who describes himself as a community campaigner took pictures of the tags he spotted while on a run through the park on Bilford Road.

He said: “I was passing through Perdiswell Park on a run [on Monday, October 2] and noticed almost every sign in the park has been graffitied, so I’ve reported all nine to the council for clean up.

Worcester News: COVERED: Information board about animals is coveredCOVERED: Information board about animals is covered (Image: Alex Mace Community Campaigner/Facebook)“Hopefully it’ll be looking its best again soon.”

Worcester News: TARGETED: Worcester and Birmingham Canal information board was targetedTARGETED: Worcester and Birmingham Canal information board was targeted (Image: Alex Mace Community Campaigner/Facebook)He added: “It seems some ‘artists’ have made their way through Perdiswell Park. 

Worcester News: BENCH: The park bench was also targetedBENCH: The park bench was also targeted (Image: Alex Mace Community Campaigner)

“I reported all this to the city council – you can do the same if you see graffiti”

He pointed people towards Worcester City Council’s website to report issues:

Councillor Mel Allcott, who represents the Claines ward where the park sits, said it was a “real shame”. 

“We are aware of an ongoing problem – when I join the litter picking group we always spot graffiti, so it doesn’t surprise me. 

Worcester News: 'REAL SHAME': Councillor Mel Alcott has spoken about the graffiti‘REAL SHAME’: Councillor Mel Alcott has spoken about the graffiti (Image: Worcestershire County Council)

“I just think we need more resources. We need more community policing. 

“It is just such a waste of everyone’s time to have to keep clearing it up.

“We need more preventative measures to stop it happening.”

She said across the city there wasn’t a lot for youths to do. 
“Youth services have kind of been forgotten. There are some things but not enough.

“It is just sad. We are really fortunate to have Perdiswell Park it is quite a special place – you’d just hope in 2023 these things wouldn’t happen, but they do.”

A Worcester City Council spokesperson said: “We are aware of the graffiti, and we are looking to remove it as soon as possible.”

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