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Community-hearted residents are being called to action to combat a spate of vandalism which is ruining Bromsgrove’s park.

In the last three weeks thoughtless vandals have covered the park in graffiti which Bromsgrove District Council has cleaned off three times already, only for it to happen again.

Some of the surfaces have had to be replaced because they can’t withstand such rigorous cleaning, seeing the maintenance bill to run into the thousands of pounds which comes out of the public purse.

Now the Council, who are running out of staffing time as officers need to focus their attention on other projects and areas of the District, are looking to the community for help.

They have put a call out to volunteers and community groups who will help clean up the graffiti and return the park to its original splendour.

Cultural Services Manager Ray Cooke said: “The graffiti is of poor quality so really is an eyesore especially as it has been put on practically every flat surface in the park,

“Officers work hard to maintain the park so it can be enjoyed by all of our residents but we only have a certain amount of resources.

“By pulling together as a community I hope we can return the park to a state where it can be enjoyed by everyone once again.”

Cllr Peter Whittaker whose portfolio covers parks, added: “Some graffiti does enhance urban areas and we are happy to work with talented artists in a constructive way, but this is frankly, just a blot on a lovely landscape.

“Sanders Park is one of the jewels in Bromsgrove’s crown and I am absolutely disgusted that it is being treated with such disrespect and contempt.”

The Council also wants the community to remain vigilant to catch the amateur artists in the act so they can help the Police catch them and bring them to task.

Community Safety Officer, David Rischmiller, said: “The Council is working with the Police to catch these criminals and urge residents to play their part to protect their park and report any anti-social behaviour.

“The tag is very distinctive – someone must know who it is and can help.”

If you spot anti-social behaviour in the park please report it immediately to the Police on 101. To help with a clean-up operation in Sanders Park, please call the Parks Team on 01527 881382