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Mellieħa Local Councillor and general election candidate Ivan Castillo has voiced his concern as more graffitti continue to sprout in the locality.
Speaking to Newsbook.com.mt on Sunday, Castillo who is a PN general election candidate for the twelfth district, noted there have been several incidents of vandalism including damaging of bus stops and public furniture.
In the latest round of vandalism, more graffitti were sprayed on bus stops and walls. Some of these graffitti include a depiction of the marijuana leaf and dollar signs. Castillo also noted that someone sprayed “satan” on the Xemxija Heritage trail.
The local councillor has taken it up himself to file a police report.
Castillo noted that the increase in vandalism could mean that either society is failing its youths or the current law is not enough to deter the perpetrators. He maintained that the reason behind such vandalism could be because those behind it do not feel part of their community.
More CCTV is needed in strategic points where the majority of such acts are happening, Castillo maintained, as he called for a change in the law and harsher penalties for those caught vandalizing public property. Castillo also urged the public to come forward and provide any information they may have to the relevant law enforcement authorities in a bid to catch the perpetrators.
Castillo also stressed on the importance on making the youths feel part of the community. He said that in cases were graffitti are part of artistic expression, then the authorities should provide the space where they can express their talents. He warned that vandalism could be just the start, saying that if such individuals feel that they can damage third party property and public property so easily without getting caught, they would soon be involving themselves in other crimes.
“Many think it’s a storm in a teacup over some spray. However the problem needs to be addressed now. We need to address what is leading individuals resorting to such methods,” Castillo remarked.
In October, a tribute bench at the Torri l-Aħmar area built in memory of Mellieħa resident Anita Gray was destroyed by vandals.