ONE of Albury’s top policemen has lashed out at graffiti vandals, labelling their handiwork the “scourge” of a beautiful city.
Insp John Wadsworth spoke after police charged two men with a spray-paint attack at Centro Lavington late on Wednesday.
Two Lavington men, aged 19 and 20, have each been charged with two counts of malicious damage over the Centro attack.
The incident happened about 11.45pm.
The charged men have both been bailed to face Albury Local Court on July 17.
“We are fortunate here to live in such a beautiful city,” Insp Wadsworth said.
“It really is a scourge when you see graffiti scrawled across everything.
“I know it costs council a fortune to clean it up, and private businesses.
“It is not a good look for our town and that’s why we really must work together — police and the community — to address it.”
Insp Wadsworth said that Wednesday’s arrests had come about from the quick-thinking of a concerned citizen.
“Police were alerted by a member of the public that there were two people allegedly drawing graffiti all over the walls,” he said.
“As a result of this call, we were able to get straight down there and arrest two people.
“One of the persons, police will allege, was caught in the act and the other ran off and was apprehended soon after.
“This is a prime example of how our community can help us.
“I’d like to thank the members of the public who assisted us here and the police involved — terrific job and well done to them.”