The day a quiet cul-de-sac became... ‘Criminal Crescent’

Vandals left a trail of paint along Knowsley Crescent, Thornton, changing the street name to 'Criminal Crescent'
Vandals left a trail of paint along Knowsley Crescent, Thornton, changing the street name to 'Criminal Crescent'
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It’s the sign that’s got the whole street talking...

Police and residents on a normally close-knit cul-de-sac in Thornton have been left somewhat stumped after a sign on the street was vandalised with graffiti, transforming Knowsley Crescent into ‘Criminal Crescent’.

Knowsley Crescent became the target of graffiti artists.

Knowsley Crescent became the target of graffiti artists.

Police have today launched an appeal for witnesses to the rather unscheduled re-spray.

And while it’s not known exactly who was responsible, some residents believe it is the work of some of the area’s more troublesome elements.

For while the area is hardly a hub of criminal activity, neighbours say there have been regular problems with anti-social and nuisance 
behaviour from some local youths.

Resident Chelsie Hemsley, 20, said: “We get it all the time. It does bother people but there’s not a lot you can do.”

Resident Julie Foster, 35, took it upon herself to clean off the paint.

She said: “They put a hosepipe through my letterbox too.”

Another man, who asked not to be named, added: “It’s disgusting, I’ve had my car scratched too.”

Another simply said: “It’s got worse round here.”

Despite that however, most residents said they were more amused than worried by the latest incident.

The red and blue spray paint, hardly a patch on the artwork often seen daubed across streets by the likes of Banksy, was discovered by neighbours over the weekend at the entrance to the road.

The would-be street artists also took to a lamp-posts and residents’ front walls and gates, spraying green, blue and yellow paint and writing obscenities.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the criminal damage.

PC Eddie Baldwin wrote on Facebook: “We are asking for information in relation to a criminal damage offence on Knowsley Crescent in Thornton last week, which has seen the street name sign daubed in graffiti. If you know who is responsible for this please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101, asking to speak to PC 2386 Eddie Baldwin or PC 449 Ian Hill.

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