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Residents take action to tackle graffiti in Oxford

We've joined forces with the residents from Rewley Road over the past two weeks to help tackle the problem graffiti that is prevalent in and around Oxford, including the Oxford Canal towpath.

Tom Hassall, John Howson and David Webb worked with our volunteer leader, Miriam Tedder to remove graffiti from the historic canal's 200-year old Isis Lock, which is the gateway to the canal from the River Thames. They also scrubbed the graffiti from life buoys and signage along the stretch of canal near to its terminus in Oxford.

Miriam Tedder, from the Canal & River Trust, comments: “Graffiti in Oxford is a real problem so it's brilliant that people like Tom, John and David are happy to help look after this wonderful canal. It's a great example of local residents taking ownership for this part of Oxford.

"Some stupid idiots had sprayed graffiti onto lifesaving equipment and every single side of the canal bridge – the latter an historic piece of Oxford that that has been part of the local landscape for generations. Thanks to the residents efforts, the canal is looking much more looked after – a wonderful haven for both people and wildlife.”

Tom Hassall, from Rewley Road, adds: “The Canal & River Trust does not have sufficient resources to deal with this mindless vandalism, so we offered to help remove the tags at Isis Lock near our homes, to demonstrate how much we appreciate the canal as an important part of Oxford's historic and natural environment.”

Last Edited: 07 October 2014

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