Crow Review of 2008

PUBLISHED: 15:45 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:57 11 May 2010

ONE of the places where the graffiti vandals struck

ONE of the places where the graffiti vandals struck

April VANDALS left a trail of obscene graffiti along a Royston street. They also daubed the walls of a property in Queens Road, Royston. Resident Richard Walter returned home to find the lime green writing covering his wall and the street outside home. Th

April

VANDALS left a trail of obscene graffiti along a Royston street.

They also daubed the walls of a property in Queens Road, Royston.

Resident Richard Walter returned home to find the lime green writing covering his wall and the street outside home. The vandals also targeted his van.

He said: "My first re-action when I saw it was one of anger. I'd only repainted that wall a couple of weeks ago.

"Graffiti can be fun when done properly, but this isn't fun, it's just childish."

As well as Queens Road, the perpetrators struck in the adjoining streets of Mill Road and Stamford Avenue.

Sgt Pete Frost, Royston's neighbourhood sergeant, visited the scene, and said: "I am disappointed that this has occurred in Royston.

"The town usually enjoys a good quality of life and this kind of mindless vandalism can have a detrimental effect on the local environment."

Also in the news

Plans for a wind farm at a site near Litlington were revealed. The proposed development, at Highfields Farm, met with opposition from Cllr Marguerite Phillips, who told Royston Town Council's planning committee that it would have a "disastrous effect on the local environment."

A man who sexually assaulted a woman after following her out of a pub was jailed for three years. Robin Oakes, 45, of Swinburne Close, Royston, was found guilty at Luton Crown Court. He was acquitted of raping her. Passing sentence, Judge Michael Kay said: "This was a targeted and brutal and nasty attack."

Two new arrivals at a wildlife park formed an unlikely alliance. A duckling and a young Mara, which is a type of rodent, became firm friends after being taken in by keepers at the park. A spokesman for the park said: "We're pleased to see them doing so well in such an unusual environment.

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