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Unwelcome visitors’ trail of evidence at Bank

Aug 28th, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

Story and photos by Kerry Monaghan and Juanita Paraone

COLOURFUL and artistic – or disgusting damage? Left Bank Arcade in Wellington’s Cuba Mall seems to be a haven for tagging.

Some shop owners have had their shops tagged, windows broken and indecent acts performed outside.

Trish McHardy, manager of Knit World, has witnessed more than her fair share of “shamelessness” and says it’s not good enough.

“It’s absolutely appalling and disgusting – people feel insecure and unsafe walking down here, and the police need to do more policing,” she says.

Wellington police confirm that graffiti is an ongoing problem, especially around central areas, but declined to say how they are dealing with the situation.

Manager of Verboom, Phil Callaghan, is more than fed up with the tagging and says it’s something he’s used to seeing.

“The tagging has got worse,” he says. He hasn’t seen Wellington City Council graffiti removers lately.

The council did not return NewsWire’s calls in time for comment, but outlines its anti-graffiti initiatives and advice here.

Some shop owners aren’t too troubled by graffiti, however.

“It’s always been the same. I don’t mind the graffiti,” says Off Beat Original cafe owner Steph Collins says. “It adds to our cafe, like a canvas.” Ms Collins also regards it as colourful.

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