Mom up­set by graf­fiti

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY CHRIS SHAN­NON

SYD­NEY RIVER — A dark, damp pedes­trian walk­way along Kings Road is caus­ing grief for one young mother who says graf­fiti is get­ting out of con­trol.

Camilla Clare, 25, walks through the tun­nel un­der the High­way 125 over­pass daily on her way to her job at the lo­cal dol­lar store.

On Wed­nes­day, Clare no­ticed new graf­fiti in the tun­nel. Red spray paint was used to de­pict a large graphic im­age of a male’s “pri­vate ar­eas,” she said.

There were also sev­eral vul­gar words writ­ten on the con­crete walls.

“I was walk­ing home from work, made that turn into the lit- tle tun­nel and I saw it. It made me very, very an­gry,” said Clare, who has a four-year-old son, Alexan­der.

It’s typ­i­cal to see graf­fiti of “peo­ple’s names and so-and-so likes this per­son,” but the new­est ad­di­tions to the con­crete tun­nel were “just gross,” Clare said.

She said the graf­fiti had not been sprayed in the tun­nel when she left for work in the morn­ing.

“I no­ticed it be­cause it’s huge and a whole pile of dirty words and pic­tures,” she said.

“As of right now, I wouldn’t take my son for a walk down there. I wouldn’t want any kid to see that.”

Back in the sum­mer of 2007, the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice as­signed an of­fi­cer from its street crime unit to in­ves­ti­gate a string of graf­fiti-laden mes­sages with a unique sig­na­ture scrawled on the gazebo in Went­worth Park, and build­ings in down­town Syd­ney and Whit­ney Pier.

How­ever po­lice were never able to iden­tify who was re­spon­si­ble and the of­fi­cer was re­as­signed.

No one with the re­gional po­lice was avail­able to com­ment fur­ther on the is­sue Thurs­day.

Clare sug­gested po­lice should con­sider foot pa­trols in the area.

It’s a method of polic­ing Chief Myles Burke sup­ports and has been work­ing to im­prove in the last year, with po­lice of­fi­cers walk­ing the beat in down­town Syd­ney, and other down­town ar­eas in the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“ The cops can’t see (the graf­fiti) from the road. Even if they got out of their cars and looked down there once in a while,” Clare said.

It’s the only route for pedestri- ans from Syd­ney River to safely ac­cess busi­nesses on the other side of High­way 125.

Without a car, walk­ing is her fam­ily’s main mode of trans­porta- tion. But un­til the graf­fiti is cov­ered or re­moved she will steer clear of the tun­nel when she’s with her son.

“Some­thing should be done about it.”

Steve Wad­den - Cape Bre­ton Post

Camilla Clare and her four-year-old son Alexan­der Clare walk through a graf­fiti-filled tun­nel un­der the High­way 125 over­pass in Syd­ney River, Thurs­day. Clare uses the tun­nel ev­ery day and dis­cov­ered freshly sprayed, vul­gar graf­fiti on her way home from work, Wed­nes­day.

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