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‘Calls for more CCTV cameras to curb graffiti ‘ruining town’

Vandals are ruining the town and damaging tourism by spraying graffiti in prominent locations, a councillor has said. This week an image which appears to be another imitation Banksy was left below the pier. It depicts a rat and a discarded can. It follows the news last week that council contractors cannot scrub off damage caused to the Boy and a Boat statue on the sea‘ front because the paint has permeated the stone. Cllr Joe Howes (Con) was speaking at a meeting of Herne Bay representatives at The Retreat Club on Tuesday, and said the problem is getting worse. He said:

“The Boy and a Boat statue has been ruined by mindless vandalism. It’s a disgrace. Over the last four or five years, the town has improved dramatically, with a great sense of pride in our community. But it’s a shame there are a few bad apples. A small minority are ruining it for everyone else. If tourists see graffiti in prominent places it does the town a great disservice.”

Cllr Howes said a section of the seafront was not covered by CCTV. Cllr Andrew Cook (Con) said new cameras were needed. He said:

“We should have reasonable coverage of CCTV for our seafront, and we’re doing everything we can to get it. A couple of cameras would probably do the job.”

Herne Bay Gazette, March 19th 2015

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