Vandals behind a spate of ‘obscene’ spray-paint graffiti in East Devon are hitting taxpayers in the pocket.
District council chiefs have had to splash a ‘ridiculous’ £4,500 on clean-up items – and are now urging resident to shop offenders to the police.
Workers spent two hours scrubbing concrete paving defaced with ‘highly offensive and racist’ wording and black paint in Seaton on April 6.
The authority says it has been alerted to ‘a number of large incidents’ including ‘obscene and offensive’ graffiti in Gunfield Gardens, Exmouth.
Specialist products needed to lift the paint in the Seaton incident alone cost at least £150.
Councillor Geoff Jung, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for coast, country, and environment, said: “We are having a run on graffiti, involving public toilets and concrete pavements across East Devon.
“Our REACT team has been working very hard, going above and beyond, to try and remove it as soon as possible to stop people adding to it.
“The last order for the products to remove graffiti was £4,500! This is ridiculous waste on money and officers’ time.
“We would like to urge residents to report anyone they see defacing any area with graffiti.
“EDDC has a zero tolerance to graffiti and Devon and Cornwall Police has been informed.”