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Mayor welcomes graffiti crackdown

15/02/2008

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Mayor welcomes graffiti crackdown

A crackdown on graffiti has been welcomed by Hutt City Mayor David Ogden.

The Government today announced new measures to combat graffiti, including banning sales of spray paint to under 18-year-olds and tougher penalties on taggers.

In addition, a fund of $6m has been established to support councils to establish new or additional anti-tagging activity.

“Hutt City Council and the community are sick and tired of taggers and the mess they leave behind.

“Graffiti costs the Council $130,000 a year to remove, money that could instead be spent on such things as the city’s parks and gardens.

"Tagging is not a victimless crime. It's destructive and mean-spirited. Other citizens feel unhappy and shut out from their own community.

"I believe that tagging is a gateway crime, which if left unattended invites further vandalism and violence.

“I hope the crackdown has the desired effect and we see a reduction in graffiti that means we can all live in a community which is safer and cleaner.”

The Government's announcement can be found here

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