Residents are being asked to help track down vandals who defaced hoardings in Southwood, Farnborough, with extensive graffiti over Christmas and the New Year.

Various graffiti tags appeared all over hoardings in Southwood Road, on brick work in Oldwood Chase, on decorative wooden posts in Southwood woodland and even in a resident’s front garden, where a basketball board was defaced.

The costly clean-up work has already started, but Rushmoor Borough Council and the police are now appealing for help to find the people responsible and to get in touch if they have any information or CCTV footage, which might help to catch the offenders.

Councillor Maurice Sheehan, Cabinet Member for Operational Services at Rushmoor Borough Council, said: “Graffiti makes our neighbourhoods looked uncared for and is very costly to clear up. We are keen to find those responsible for the graffiti across Southwood and are working with the police to encourage residents to keep a watchful eye.”

Graffiti can be reported to the council using the Love Rushmoor mobile app or by going to

Sgt Mark Woodhead from Hampshire Constabulary said: “We are aware of this recent spate of graffiti in the Southwood area of Farnborough and are making several enquiries.

“It is worth reminding people that this is an offence and may lead to prosecution for criminal damage. Our investigations continue and we are also visiting schools in the area to remind young people that anyone caught doing this is breaking the law.

“If you have any information about please let us know, either by calling 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”