Police are appealing for information following a number of incidents of “mindless graffitiing” in Hebden Bridge last week.
Council staff and business owners have been left reeling after a number of properties and items in the town were “tagged” with blue paint between 7.30pm on Tuesday, September 3, and 7.15am on Wednesday, September 4.
The Upper Valley NPT has said its officers would like to speak to anyone who has information about the incidents which have taken place in around 12 locations. These included; Hebden Bridge Town Hall, the fustian knife sculpture in St George’s Square, the Shoulder of Mutton pub, shops on Market Street, Hebden Bridge Picture House, notice boards and bus shelters on New Road,Waterside Gym on Valley Road and residential properties on Royd Terrace.
Proactive enquiries are said to be ongoing by the police and Calderdale Council.
PCSO Gareth Helliwell said: “We are investigating a number of reports of graffitiing in Hebden Bridge which we are linking as all of the incidents feature the same tag and blue paint.
“Graffiti such as this is quite simply mindless vandalism which blights our public spaces and is expensive to clean and we would ask anyone who can help identify those responsible to contact the Upper Valley NPT on 101 or CrimeStoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.”
Hebden Royd town clerk Jason Boom said the authority would look to prosecute the culprit in respect of the damage caused to town council property, including the Picture House and noticeboards.
Mr Boom said: “We have told the police if they can identify the culprit then we would look to prosecute because of the criminal damage.”
The incident has also left business owners furious.
Robert Dutson, who runs The Workshop, on Bridge Gate, said: “As a local business owner to see the town defaced like this was very upsetting.
“There are not enough police on the streets in this town.”
The graffiti was removed by staff from Calderdale Council’s Safer Cleaner Greener Team on Friday.