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Clean Up For Frederick Street

South Tyneside Council and Groundwork South Tyneside have teamed up to remove graffiti, free of charge, from shops in Frederick Street, South Shields next week.

The graffiti has now largely stopped thanks to the Police's Community Beat Managers Glen Ross and Chris Warriner. Their investigations led to the arrest of a 15-year-old youth who was successfully prosecuted and received a reparation order which he will serve under the supervision of the Youth Offending Team.

Graffiti will be removed from several properties including Nomad Housing's flats at Cormorant House, The Souk Halal Ethnic Foodstore and Heron Frozen Foods.

Hamid Ali, who opened The Souk Halal last year, welcomed the initiative: He said: 'It was a big commitment for me taking on the lease and fitting out the former Oxfam shop. Having invested in the fit out and store signs, I am pleased that efforts are being taken to remove the graffiti which defaces the property and neighbouring properties'.

Councillor Andy Frost, Lead Member for Environment and Rekendyke Ward Councillor, added: "Groundwork South Tyneside's offer to remove graffiti is very much welcomed while the Police are to be congratulated for arresting and successfully prosecuting the offender. It is important that the offenders are reprimanded and their unsightly graffiti is removed."

To enquire about the graffiti removal service for shopping premises in the Frederick Street area) contact Paul Graves of South Tyneside Council on 424 7409.

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