Gunfire graffiti found near Thame

Matt Seiber
Matt Seiber

A man who investigates roadside gun crime in the UK has told of his findings just outside Thame.

Matt Seiber has travelled the country since 2008 recording and investigating incidents where road signs are punctured by ‘gunfire graffiti.’

Holes in road signs near Thame

Holes in road signs near Thame

Mr Seiber sent the Thame Gazette these photos of signs on the B4012 Thame Park Road just outside Thame.

He said: “The damage on these signs was caused by a shotgun from very close range.

“There are a lot of examples in this area that I have come across for example in Ickford, Haddenham and Brill.”

He adds he believes such roadside gun crime is ‘officially unseen, unheard of, unchallenged and unrecorded.’

Holes in road signs near Thame

Holes in road signs near Thame

Mr Seiber says is not running an anti-gun campaign but merely asking important questions that he cannot answer.

He said: “People do it because they can get away with it.

“It is almost impossible to catch people.

“These people are very clever and very cautious - they choose road signs because they are not moving targets.

“They choose rural locations because they do not draw attention to themselves.

“There is nothing unusual for example about hearing gunshots in the countryside.

“It is the sort of thing you do not expect in the UK.”

To find out more about Mr Seiber’s project visit his website at www.gunfire-graffiti.co.uk.

At the time of going to press, Oxfordshire County Council had not responded to our requests for a comment.