VANDALS have scrawled graffiti across street furniture, destroying the valiant efforts of community litter pickers who regularly clean up the grot spot.
John Belshaw, of Friends of Douglas Valley, was dismayed to discover yobs had sprayed tags on items including an information board, bin and United Utilities storage unit in Great Acre, Whelley.
The community stalwart had been litter picking and tidying up the area with a small team only a few days ago and was disappointed by the eyesore, undoing their good work.
He said: “It is so disheartening that after all the effort we have put into working in the area, some kids have ruined it.
“I feel we every time we clean up the area, we go one yard forward and two back.
“We regularly do litter picks to keep the area tidy as we are proud of where we live and want to ensure it is a pleasant space for people.
“I have reported it to the council, so an officer will have to clean it up at a cost, which affects the tax payer.
“If someone has seen anything, they should inform the council or police, as these yobs should not be able to get away with it.
“We won’t accept this. These kids need to be caught and to realise what they are doing.”
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said it would clamp down hard on vandals,
Inspector Glenn Jones of the Wigan Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We condemn all acts of graffiti and vandalism, and will continue to work with Wigan Council’s Environmental Services to keep the borough looking presentable. We will also prosecute those responsible, so anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”