GRAFFITI vandals defaced flats and garages in Colchester.

They painted on walls in Groves Close and Bradford Drive, at the town end of Mile End Road - as well as on the road itself.

Residents in older homes in nearby Golden Dawn Way and Hugh Dickson Road reported graffiti scrawled across garages and walls.

The letters B, F, G, R and A were sprayed in orange, white or silver paint.

Myland parish councillor Steve Last said: "The damage is extensive it looks like Harlem."

He said it would be up to the borough council and the developers to see that the graffiti was removed.

Martin Goss, Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator, said: "A lot of people are really angry."

PC Steve Walsom asked for anyone with information about the culprits to call him on on 01206 762212 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.