Vandals have been warned that an increase in the amount of graffiti in Horsham town centre will not be tolerated by police.
Four people are set to appear in court after a number of spray painted messages and symbols appeared in the town centre area in recent weeks.
Sergeant Vicki Tomlinson of Horsham police admitted there has been a rise, but added ten suspects have been interviewed by officers.
She said: “We have seen an increase in graffiti in the town centre, targeted to one specific area.
“Horsham district officers worked hard with the public and partner agencies to identify ten suspects who were all interviewed and four of whom are currently in the process of being summonsed to court.
“The acts of these individuals caused a great amount of work and immense cost in removing the graffiti and is not something that Horsham police will tolerate.”
Horsham police have met with Horsham District Council’s car parks team, community safety officer and anti-social behaviour team to combat the issue.
Police believe there are further suspects who have not yet been identified and are appealing to the public for information.
Contact police on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 111 555.