Question mark over graffiti

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RESIDENTS across East Renfrewshire awoke last week to find mysterious graffiti covering street furniture and even private property.

Spray-painted question marks — along with a signature DIS — appeared overnight throughout Eastwood, with Mearns Road and Rouken Glen park said to be the worst affected.

Newton Mearns south councillor Ian McAlpine passed resident complaints on to East Renfrewshire council.

He told The Extra: “It’s rather strange to wake up and find graffiti like this.

“Most people are perplexed, because it’s the same question mark over and over again, and because it seemed to be everywhere”.

A number of readers took to The Extra Facebook page to pinpoint affected areas.

Lindsay Young said that she had noticed new graffiti under the railway bridge at Kilpatrick Gardens, as well as question marks on the trees lining the Rouken Glen river walk.

She added: “It spoils the park for everyone else. These people are utterly selfish”.

Elaine Hall spotted question marks on the farm house on Mearns Road (pictured below), as well as Whitecraigs bus shelter and an electricity box at the entrance to Rouken Glen park.

Dawn Anderson added: “It’s everywhere! It’s in Rouken Glen park, up the A77, along Mearns Road, on street signs, phone boxes, at the BP station — the old farm house is covered, and then on through Clarkston”.

The mysterious symbols adorned everything from bus shelters, street signs and phone boxes to garden trees and walls, and East Renfrewshire council stepped in to clear it from public property

A number of instances remain on private property, and a council spokesman commented: “Our graffiti removal team has been inundated with reports and are working flat out to get this removed from locations we maintain.

“We’ve also been in touch with the company that maintains bus shelters and the Royal Mail because residents have also been reporting these to us.

“We’d appeal to anyone who knows who has been doing it to let us know right away and we can take action on this anti-social behaviour”.

It’s an appeal echoed by Strathclyde police, as chief inspector Alan Murray, area commander of East Ren, added: “We are aware of graffiti in the Newton Mearns area and both our community police officers and the campus cops are working hard to identify the offenders.

“We’d ask that any member of the public with information regarding who the offenders might be — especially if they recognise the tags — to call us and we’ll take the relevant action”.