Graffiti under attack

GRAFFITI daubed around Ipswich town centre is under attack today from a new scheme that will involve the whole community to tackle the problem.The Evening Star is supporting a new hotline set up so the public can alert a specialised clean-up crew to the scene of the crime.

GRAFFITI daubed around Ipswich town centre is under attack today from a new scheme that will involve the whole community to tackle the problem.

The Evening Star is supporting a new hotline set up so the public can alert a specialised clean-up crew to the scene of the crime.

The initiative, devised by the borough council in conjunction with the Ipswich Partnership, was launched as two members of the cleaning squad tackled offending artwork on the walls of Superdrug and Phones 4u in Tavern Street on Thursday.

They were using special solvent-free cleaner to protect the environment.

Paul Clement, head of the Ipswich Partnership, said: "People can really make a difference with this. Tell us where you see graffiti and we will get on to the council to get rid of it."

Debbie Reeve, cleansing manager for IBC said: "The hotline is set up for people to report graffiti, fly tipping, dog fouling, litter, abandoned vehicles or anything cleansing related. We are launching the scheme by just concentrating on graffiti."

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"We want good relations with the commercial community to make the town a cleaner place. The scheme is about raising awareness to get every one involved. We have got the specialist equipment and specialist staff if they want to pay us to sort the problems out."

The Ipswich Partnership is a limited company set up with the sole intention of improving Ipswich Town Centre.

Launched in April 2000, the partnership is has 87 members from retailers, businesses, leisure, tourism and the media coming together for town's interests.

Austen Dack, Evening Star brand manager, said: "It's wonderful to be working with all the parties involved to make Ipswich a more attractive place to visit and work in."

The phone number of the hotline is 01473 433000.

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