Cottage owners helped to clean up paint attack

Cleaned up: The FLAG team prepare to leave after finishing re-painting the wall in Sunderland Street.'                        Picture: Steve Taylor
Cleaned up: The FLAG team prepare to leave after finishing re-painting the wall in Sunderland Street.' Picture: Steve Taylor
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A CLEAN up operation was launched after a Doncaster couple awoke to find their home and car has been splattered with black paint.

The blue rendered exterior of Richard and Karen Stoodley’s cottage in Sunderland Street, Tickhill, had the paint thrown over it during the night and more had been poured on their Citroen DS3 hatchback.

The motive for the attack is not known, but it is understood there have been previous incidents of anti-social behaviour outside the property.

Mrs Stoodley runs the Karen Connolly beauty salon in Tickhill.

Mr Stoodley has offered a £500 reward for information leading to conviction of those responsible.

After making a start on cleaning the paint off the house he also received help from Doncaster Council’s FLAG environmental clean-up team, who were sent out to remove spilled paint from the pavement.

They also helped Mr Stoodley to give the affected wall a fresh coat of blue paint.

Peter Dale, director of Regeneration and Environment, said: “The incident was reported to us by South Yorkshire Police and we went out to assess the scene on Monday morning.

“By that time most of the damage had been cleaned up by the owner of the property.

“We removed the paint from the pavement and helped the resident to finish clearing up his property to minimise the impact on the resident and the area.

“We will always try to help where someone is the victim of a crime.”

The aim of the FLAG team is to keep Doncaster clear of unsightly fly-tipping, litter, abandoned vehicles and graffiti.

PC Mike Dewsnap, from the Bawtry and Tickhill Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This was a mindless act of vandalism with no thought to the extent of the damage it has caused.

“We are investigating the incident and have increased patrols in the area. If anyone may have seen anything or has any information, I would urge them to get in contact with us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting incident number 396 of 10/01/11.