CLEANING up other peoples' mess is a full-time job for Huddersfield's graffiti squad.
Kirklees Council two-man team is constantly cleaning walls, bridges and just about anything across the area where `taggers' spray.
The team is trained in the use of powerful equipment including a £10,000 high pressure hose and a bag full of anti-graffiti potions to help beat the vandals who blight affected spots.
Andrew Fletcher, assistant supervisor in charge of graffiti cleaning for the council, said nowhere was free from the problem.
He added: "It's widespread through Kirklees. We get it all over the place.
"We get it everywhere from large places like Huddersfield to places like Holmfirth."
Mr Fletcher said graffiti could range from full wall painted murals to marker pen initials.
He added: "The most common problem is that of tagging (where vandals write a nickname).
"We have such a heavy workload we get to it as and when we can if it's tags and things like that.
"However if it is offensive graffitti, such as racism, then we make it a priority to get out there and get rid of it.
"We normally have it shifted within half a day and then we go back to getting rid of everything else."
Mr Fletcher said they were being called out to more and more jobs.
He added: "We are being alerted a lot more but it's hard to tell if there's more graffiti.
"I think people have had enough of graffiti and are more willing to report it because they don't want it around them."
John Gledhill, Kirklees project officer for the anti-graffiti campaign, said the problem had now got so bad that other council staff had to be drafted in to clean up the area and beat the vandals.
He added: "It is a real problem across the district.
"A lot of it is blamed on kids, but it's not always kids.
"Some of the work you see may seem artistic and be done by very, very capable people, but that doesn't make it art, it is still vandalism."