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Sandwell mosque daubed with offensive graffiti

A Police investigation has been launched after offensive graffiti was daubed on the wall of a mosque in Sandwell, West Midlands.

Council workmen removed the offensive slogan within hours of its discovery at Cradley Heath Mosque and Islamic Centre in Plant Street yesterday.

Officers have a good relationship with the mosque and we are working with them and the local community to reassure them that we take this type of graffiti seriously and will seek to prosecute the offenders.

We are working on a number of lines of enquiry to trace those responsible and I would urge anyone with information to come forward.

– Superintendent Bas Javid, from Sandwell Police

Council spends £100,000 on graffiti clean-up

Is graffiti just vandalism, or something more? Many public bodies are losing their suspicion of the spray-can and asking graffiti artists to turn bare buildings into works of art.

But the criminal damage element has not gone away. Leicester City Council says two graffiti writers have cost them £100,000 in six months.

They are now offering £500 for information about their identities. Callum Watkinson reports.


Graffiti costs reach £100,000 for Leicester City Council

Leicester City Council says two graffiti writers have cost it £100,000 in just six-months.

'Kase' and 'SO12', have plastered thousands of so called 'tags' across the city. The council is offering £500 for information.

Clearing the graffiti from the past 6 months alone has already used up two fifths of the council's cleaning budget.