Graffiti ‘mess’ at Wetherby skate park

The graffiti at the skate park. (S)
The graffiti at the skate park. (S)

Thousands of pounds are expected to have been spent clearing Wetherby skate park of offensive graffiti.

This latest act of vandalism, which covered all of the equipment in yellow paint, comes just weeks after all the ramps were re-painted following damage shortly before Christmas that cost around £8,000 to rectify.

As specialist paint has to be used this means an added expense.

Wetherby Mayor Coun Harry Chapman said: “There was a real mess done, it wasn’t just a bit of graffiti.

“We had to have special people to put the surface on when it moved last time, and trying to clean some of the graffiti off meant we took some of the surface off, so we will have to get that done too.

“It isn’t going to be a few hundred pounds it is going to be a few thousand, and it cost us a few thousand after it was moved last time.

“It has been reported to the police and they are looking into it. I imagine they know who it is, but it’s proving it of course.”

The graffiti has now been cleared, however Wetherby town council are still working on their next course of action.

Inspector Paul Dwyer of Wetherby neighbourhood police team said: “We are aware of this offensive graffiti, and have worked with local partners to have it removed as quickly as possible. Local police patrols have been increased in the area around the skate park, and we are treating this as a criminal offence.

“We do not tolerate this kind of activity. It is the unfortunate actions of a few which spoil it for the many.”

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