Tags meant to offend police

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Polish anti-police tags have been tarnishing our streets for too long, claims a Spalding Guardian reader.

‘JP 100%’ can be seen on walls across town, but until now we have been unaware what it means.

The reader told us: “Today on an urgent shopping trip I cut through Abbey Passage and was greeted with the sight of grafitti tags of ‘JP 100%’ in the two doorways that sit back.

“Now these tags are common around Spalding now and, if anyone cares to Google it, it’s actually a Polish anti-police sign. In short, it means ‘f**k the police’.”

A website link that translates is http://nonsensopedia.wikia.com/wiki/JP_na_100%25 and it confirms the tag was born through young people raised in hatred of the police uniform.

The reader asks: “Now, my question now is, will our local paper take an interest in such a vile, almost racist graffiti? This JP 100% is a tag that has being going on now since last summer. Are the police not aware, or are they just tolerating it?”

A spokesman for the police said: “Some graffiti is blatantly offensive, for example racist or crude language or drawings, and other types may have a hidden meaning that would not be obvious to everyone.

“It’s possible that the former type could be dealt with under alternative legislation with harsher penalties.

“However, all graffiti is anti-social and unacceptable and we would urge anyone who witnesses it being committed to contact police as quickly as possible, to maximise our chances of catching the offender in the act and being able to deal with the offence.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for green spaces, also urges residents to report offensive graffiti to the police.

He said: “We deal with it where we can but often the graffiti is on private property and we could be sued if what we use to remove it damaged the building. With our resources we just couldn’t risk it.”

If you witness graffiti being painted around town, call police on 101.