Clean-up crusader gives up on Spalding...

Sandra White after removing graffiti from walls along the riverbank last year. ANL-150331-164358001
Sandra White after removing graffiti from walls along the riverbank last year. ANL-150331-164358001
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Spalding’s clean-up crusader has finally given up trying to improve the appearance of the town.

Sandra White has given the past six years to her one woman campaign and was the driving force to ridding the riverbank of graffiti last year.

Graffiti in Double Street, Spalding. ANL-150331-155522001

Graffiti in Double Street, Spalding. ANL-150331-155522001

However, the latest attack isn’t the reason. She said: “I was finished down there and I don’t let anything depress me.

“But I always knew the time would come. I’ve cleared every street on the way into Spalding, the town centre and scrubbed the walls along the riverbank and now I’m done.

“There were hundreds of people who thanked me, foreigners as well as English. But while we continue to live in a cesspit of litter, drink and drugs nothing will change.”

Sandra (72) says she is looking to move away from the town and writing a book on Spalding and “where it all went wrong”. She said: “After six years it should be better than this. I owe it to my kids to give up trying to change it now.”

While we continue to live in a cesspit of litter, drink and drugs nothing will change

Clean-up campaigner Sandra White

Dennis Hannant, Town Centre Manager, was also shocked by the latest attack of graffiti. He said: “These mindless acts of vandalism degrade the look of Spalding and consequently will have a negative financial impact on businesses, local residences and local tax payers.

“At a time when retailers and other business owners have invested £50,000 to produce and air a TV ad encouraging people to visit Spalding over Easter and on into the future, it is particularly galling and maddening that this has happened now.

“People arriving in the town by the water taxi from Springfields will undoubtedly be put off by the graffiti on the waterfront buildings and who can blame them. The clean-up will also be an additional burden on the local district council budget and their manpower.”

However, the police are calling on the public to help them stop the graffiti and anti-social behaviour.

Graffiti on the wall of the Riverside Funeral Services in Albion Street, Spalding ANL-150331-155542001

Graffiti on the wall of the Riverside Funeral Services in Albion Street, Spalding ANL-150331-155542001

Insp Reeves said: “It is important that we have a clear picture of the issues so that I can direct resources to the areas that need them.

“I would encourage dialogue between residents and local police.”

If you have any information that could help, call 101.

Graffiti on the footbridge in Double Street. ANL-150331-165816001

Graffiti on the footbridge in Double Street. ANL-150331-165816001

Graffiti in Albion Street, Spalding ANL-150331-155617001

Graffiti in Albion Street, Spalding ANL-150331-155617001