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Tower Hamlets Mayor paints the town black in Bethnal Green graffiti wars

PUBLISHED: 14:58 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 19:37 24 May 2018

Mayor paints the town black, not red, to get rid of offensive grafitti in Meath Gardens. Picture source: LBTH

Mayor paints the town black, not red, to get rid of offensive grafitti in Meath Gardens. Picture source: LBTH

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The mayor of Tower Hamlets has been getting his hands dirty painting the town black in Bethnal Green.

Sometimes it takes high pressure by the mayor in the war on park graffiti. Picture source: LBTHSometimes it takes high pressure by the mayor in the war on park graffiti. Picture source: LBTH

It was his war on obscene graffiti in the park—and even felt better than painting the town red after his landslide victory at the polls on May 3.

John Biggs was out with the council’s own ‘rapid response’ clean-up squad and their cleansing contractors to target graffiti in Meath Gardens.

He tried an old fashioned roller to paint over the graffiti as well as a high-pressure water jet.

Mayor Biggs gets briefing from Tower Hamlets Council's 'rapid response' cleansing squad targeting graffiti in the park. Picture source: LBTHMayor Biggs gets briefing from Tower Hamlets Council's 'rapid response' cleansing squad targeting graffiti in the park. Picture source: LBTH

“I was never much good at painting,” he quipped, but seemed to be a dab hand with the roller. “I’ve been having fun with the high-pressure hose, but we’re doing this because a lot of people complain about offensive graffiti.”

The council’s clean-up team was using acid followed by high-pressure water jets. Sometimes a pot of paint and an old-fashioned roller was just as effective covering over the offensive daubings.

The cleansing squad has also been making a clean sweep down the Roman Road and in Spitalfields along Brick Lane in a cover-up operation to erase the offensive graffiti.

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