Vandals indulge themselves at night with white paint in the street in the university district: “Perpetrators will have to pay for the costs” (Antwerp)

Vandals indulge themselves at night with white paint in the street in the university district: “Perpetrators will have to pay for the costs” (Antwerp)
Vandals indulge themselves at night with white paint in the street in the university district: “Perpetrators will have to pay for the costs” (Antwerp)

Unpleasant awakening for the residents of the Pieter van Hobokenstraat in the university district in Antwerp. The entire street, including facades and doorbells, is covered in white paint. The police is investigating the case. The fire brigade is on site Friday afternoon to clean up the stuff.

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Words, names and hearts are painted over the entire width of the street and footpath. The residents of the street can’t help but laugh. “To the ‘artists’: respect yourself and report yourself to the police. A little insight into debt could help your case,” reads the Facebook page of the City Campus Neighborhood Committee.

“Around 9 am we received a report of vandalism on the street and on houses,” said spokesman Wouter Bruyns of the Antwerp police. “When our teams arrived, the paint, presumably water-based, was still wet. The cleaning services were immediately requested on site.” Around noon a team of the fire brigade arrived to clean up the paint.

So far, six residents have reported the matter to the police. “I do not rule out the possibility that we will talk to victims in the near future.”

The police are still looking for the perpetrators. “We try to investigate the perpetrator or perpetrators on the basis of camera images. Perhaps it was not a targeted action against something or someone, but the perpetrators saw the opportunity to use a paint pot that was left behind on a construction site. If we can identify the perpetrators, they will have to pay for the costs. They will also get a vandalism report.”

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The article is in Dutch

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