Mystery of ‘light bulb’ graffiti artist plaguing St Helens

Graffiti which has appeared around St Helens town centre. The council and police are trying to trace the person responsible
Graffiti which has appeared around St Helens town centre. The council and police are trying to trace the person responsible

Council chiefs hope residents can shed light on the identity of the vandal responsible for a spate of bulb-themed graffiti in St Helens.

A number of crudely-drawn symbols in the shape of a light bulb accompanied by the tag “bulb” have appeared in the town centre in recent weeks.

One of the pieces of graffiti which has appeared in St Helens town centre

One of the pieces of graffiti which has appeared in St Helens town centre

Examples of the graffiti, which are done in spray paint, have been found on Chalon Way, Duke Street, College Street and Central Library.

However, the apparent efforts at street art have not gone down well at St Helens Council, which is now teaming up with Merseyside Police to find whoever is responsible for spraying the designs onto walls.

The local authority blasted the person spraying the bulb pieces as a vandal and said dealing with unsightly graffiti racks up unnecessary expenses for cash-strapped town halls struggling with budget cuts.

St Helens Council cabinet member for transport, housing and community safety Coun Richard McCauley said: “This is vandalism, pure and simple. Whoever is responsible for the graffiti is undoing all the work we do in trying to present St Helens as a clean, attractive place to live and work.

“It also costs a considerable amount of time and money to remove when council resources are already stretched and could be better used elsewhere.”

Anyone with information about the identity of the person spray-painting the graffiti should call police on 101, ring independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 11 or get in touch with St Helens Council on 01744 673114.