Business boss in pledge to act on graffiti
Repair shop firm to clean up vandalised vehicles free of charge
AKIND-HEARTED businessman has offered to repair vehicle vandalism endured by Crossens residents free of charge.
This comes after obscene graffiti was sprawled across the cars and homes of the residents of Pool Street, in Crossens.
Merseyside Police have confirmed that an unknown individual or group spayed offensive graffiti on approximately 12 vehicles parked on Pool Street, off Rufford Road, Southport.
The offences took place sometime between 8pm on Sunday, August 13 and 7.30am on Monday, August 14.
Some of the damage include the spray painting of symbols and vulgar language.
Upon hearing the news, Rik Mercer, owner of Carrisma Auto Body Repair on Pool Hey Lane, offered to repair the damaged vehicles for free.
The 34-year-old said: “I have grown up in Crossens on Drewitt Crescent, which is a couple of roads down.
“My mum still lives there so it will be nice to help the neighbourhood out.”
Residents were very thankful when his generous offer was posted on Facebook.
One user said: “What a fabulous gesture! Truly is lovely.”
Another added: “How lovely, I know where to go now for any car body repairs I have in the future.”
Police are appealing for information in relation to this incident.
Sergeant Andy Dentith, from Southport local policing team, said: “To vandalise 12 vehicles with offensive graffiti is totally disgraceful and we are committed to doing all that we can to trace the people responsible.
“At the current time it is too early to say how much it is going to cost to repair all of the vehicles that have been targeted by these vandals. Investigations into the incidents are in their early stages and we are following a number of lines of enquiry, including forensics.
“As part of the investigation I am keen to speak to anyone who lives in the Pool Street or Rufford Road area and has CCTV cameras at the front of their homes, as I believe that they may have vital information to assist with our investigation.
“I’m also keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time these incidents occurred and believes they may have witnessed anything suspicious.
“Following the vandalism there will be an increased police presence in the local area over the coming days to provide reassurance to residents.”
Anyone with an information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 101 quoting incident number 192 of 14 August 2017.
Rik Mercer says he will clean up all the vehicles
The vehicles were daubed with crude graffiti which Rik Mercer, inset, says he will remove for free
The offences took place during the night on Sunday August 13