Busi­ness boss in pledge to act on graf­fiti

Re­pair shop firm to clean up van­dalised ve­hi­cles free of charge

Midweek Visiter - - Front Page - BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @chantelle­heeds

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

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