Graffiti was sprayed on dozens of cars, homes and businesses in a spate of vandal attacks across a town’s neighbourhood.
More than 20 homeowners woke up to find the tag graffiti on their home walls, garage doors and vehicles in their driveways in Spies Lane and Howley Grange Road in Halesowen.
Quinton Methodist Church and Dallows Memorials as well as dozens of street signs and roadside walls were also targeted by the random spate of vandalism. While most of the graffiti was simply a ‘CNS’ tag, there were also obscene messages scrawled over people’s homes.
The vandalism was discovered on Saturday morning – and a suspect has been caught on CCTV spraying a tag on a resident’s car in Howley Grange Road just before 4am. The hooded individual can be seen running across the drive, spraying the side door of the parked vehicle before running away – all in the space of five seconds.
Childminder Jenny Clulo, aged 42, has the CCTV to help guard her business – but after being woken up by neighbours to alert her to the attack on her car she immediately thought of the 24-hour recorded footage.
She said: “I went straight to have a look, and there in the middle of the night I could see the person who sprayed the car. It was strange to watch.
“The whole neighbourhood has been shaken by what has happened. I hope the footage might help police.”
The suspect is seen on CCTV after graffiti tags were left on homes, businesses and cars in Halesowen.
Four police officers turned up on Saturday morning following calls to inspect the damage and speak to victims.
Resident Derek Dowell, aged 61, of Howley Grange Road, had a ‘CNS’ tag sprayed across his courier van. He now has to have the graffiti removed before returning to work. He said: “I don’t understand why someone would do this.”
Last week, Halesowen Inspector Dez Lambert said police were investigating a spate of graffiti across the town. A man was arrested, then released on bail on September 13.
PC Paul Chambers said: “There has been a spate of damage which has occurred in the area. This is something police will not tolerate and will investigate.”