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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 February, 2004, 16:58 GMT
Hi-tech answer to graffiti blight
The machine in action
A council worker using the machine
Council bosses have unveiled the latest weapon in their war on vandalism - a hi-tech machine that blasts graffiti off the streets.

Reading Borough Council is officially introducing the machine on 1 March.

The council says it is keen to use the machine to tackle vandalism and reduce the fear of crime felt by residents.

The equipment, supplied by local firm Robojet, has a hot and cold pressure washer running at 6,700 psi and a 23 horsepower industrial motor.

Housed in its own trailer, the machine can be quickly attached to vehicles used by the council's graffiti team and taken to vandalism hotspots.

Councillor Viki Lloyd said: "Graffiti has a huge impact, it can bring down an area and create the conditions for a whole range of anti-social behaviour.

"Cleaning up graffiti from the local environment is an important step for residents towards reclaiming their communities."

Environment boss June Orton added: "Graffiti is a nuisance and a depressing feature in the local environment. It is a crime, not art."

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