Police search for graffiti vandals

FRUSTRATED Little Wag, Foolish Laughable Wisecracker or Fragile Lackadaisical Waster?Mystery surrounds the meaning of FLW, a three-letter calling card “tag” of a graffiti vandal being hunted by police for targeting an Ipswich neighbourhood with unsightly scrawls.

FRUSTRATED Little Wag, Foolish Laughable Wisecracker or Fragile Lackadaisical Waster?

Mystery surrounds the meaning of FLW, a three-letter calling card “tag” of a graffiti vandal being hunted by police for targeting an Ipswich neighbourhood with unsightly scrawls.

Residents in several streets in the California area of town say they are fed up with scrawls appearing on walls, street furniture and garages.

Graffiti tags have appeared in Marlborough Road, Tennyson Road, Wellesley Road and Tokio Road featuring slogans such as “welcome to the ghetto”, “front line warriors” and “war on the street”.

One scrawl even mockingly points to a slogan and comments “pointless vandaliseim (sic)”.

The two main culprits are believed to be the FWL tagger and an accomplice going by the tag of DHS.

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Marlborough Road resident Emma Long said the problem has been going on for the past year.

She said: “It doesn't make the area look very nice.

“One time we heard two of them doing it outside at about 2am, they were around 16 or 17-years-old.

“It is very annoying, especially when they do it on the garages and you have to paint over it.”

Police are determined to catch the culprits and are calling on members of the public to report any graffiti as soon as they find out about it.

Pc Colin Clack, of the south east Ipswich community team, said: “It is so important for people to report these things so we know where it's happening and how often.

“Tagging is a bit like a feral cat spraying its territory.

“More often than not they are just initials saying this is me and my area.

“It is an eyesore and an offence of criminal damage and if we can get enough evidence it will lead to arrest and prosecution.

“If they want to do graffiti there are various organisations they can approach to do it legitimately.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Darrell Dunnett at Ipswich police station on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

n. Have you got an idea what FWL or DHS stands for or has your neighbourhood been targeted by taggers? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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