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Sunday, 3 May 2009

Keep Wales Tidy

Graffiti affects almost 40% of streets in Newport but only 2% of Pembrokeshire streets, according to a campaign group.

Keep Wales Tidy has released a survey of graffiti across Wales and called for councils to get tough on those caught defacing communities. HOW MUCH GRAFFITI IS IN YOUR AREA?

Graffiti on wall in Aberavon
Anglesey 6.2% of streets
Blaenau Gwent 12.7%
Bridgend 7.8%
Caerphilly 8.3%
Cardiff 11.3%
Carmarthen 7.2%
Ceredigion 7.9%
Conwy 10.2%
Denbighshire 6.5%
Flintshire 10.9%
Gwynedd 4.8%
Merthyr Tydfil 8.8%
Monmouth 8.0%
Neath Port Talbot 22.7%
Newport 39.3%
Pembrokeshire 2.3%
Powys 11.4%
Rhondda Cynon Taf 20.6%
Swansea 24.0%
Torfaen 6.3%
Vale of Glamorgan 22.3%
Wrexham 10.2%
All Wales average 12%
Percentage of streets affected by graffiti. Source: Keep Wales Tidy

It also said the media had a part to play and said some reports tended to "glamorise" graffiti by presenting it as art.

Tegryn Jones, chief executive of Keep Wales Tidy, said: "The costly act of graffiti is not only harming Welsh pockets, but the development of an area.

"As with anyone who blights our local landscape and community, we will look to prosecute these vandals whenever possible".

The spokesman said its Graffiti Busters project had made a difference to how graffiti was tackled in the city.


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