Cosham CAB targeted by vandal in graffiti attack

TARGETED A vandal sprayed graffiti on Cosham's Citizens' Advice Bureau
TARGETED A vandal sprayed graffiti on Cosham's Citizens' Advice Bureau
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A CITIZENS’ Advice Bureau was targeted by a graffiti vandal – the latest in a spate of attacks.

The Cosham CAB staff and volunteers arrived at work to discover large letters painted across the front of the building in purple paint saying ‘Where?? Don Day’.

Chief executive of Portsmouth CAB Lynne Davies said it was a mystery why the Cosham centre was targeted on Wednesday last week.

‘We thought that it didn’t look like the work of kids,’ she said.

The CAB has offered to help whoever is responsible for the graffiti if they have any issues they need advice on.

Ms Davies said: ‘If they are willing to come forward and talk to us, we hope that we can guide them.’

Staff are unsure of the meaning of the writing so do not know the perpetrator’s motivation for the incident.

The building has suffered damage in recent months.

It has been broken into, damage has been done to a side gate and children have been seen climbing on the roof.

Ms Davies said: ‘Incidents like this are costly and, as a charity with no public funding, they 
limit our ability to support our clients.

‘It’s hard and crushing to come into work and see something like this.

‘Most of our volunteers come into help the community and anyone who needs our service – they don’t want to experience this,’ added Ms Davies.

In a battle to wash the paint off of the building staff have 
been scrubbing with soap and water.

‘We have managed to remove the writing from the window but unfortunately it has not come off the wall,’ said Ms Davies.

Staff at the CAB are in the process of finding funding from the council to be able to remove the paint from the wall.

- A 52-year-old man from Portsmouth has been arrested in connection with the graffiti.