A graffiti protester is vandalising streets, benches and walls in a bid to get the council to take action on the state of the city.

Spray paint has appeared across Brighton telling the council to clean the city up and house the homeless.

The Argus: The graffiti in North RoadThe graffiti in North Road (Image: Andrew Gardner / The Argus)

It comes after tents were erected in front of some of the city's main tourist spots.

The graffiti has appeared in some of the city's busiest tourist spots just as the weather improves and thousands of visitors descend on Brighton's streets.

The Argus: The dirt was collecting under the bus stopThe dirt was collecting under the bus stop (Image: Andrew Gardner / The Argus)

A tent pitched in Queen's Road, near the main railway station entrance, has been called "not ok" by the tagger, while council officers have been told to wash a pile of dirt under a bus stop in North Street.

This comes after graffiti slamming the council was removed last month when it was spotted along the length of a bench in New Road.

The Argus: The sprayed text in New RoadThe sprayed text in New Road (Image: Andrew Gardner / The Argus)

The council's policy states it will remove any offensive graffiti within 24 hours of it being reported. Offensive graffiti can include hate comments, extremist sentiment, anti-faith and swear words.

But Brighton and Hove City Council say the person - or people - responsible for the graffiti are only adding to the problem.

Councillor Gill Williams, cabinet member for housing and new homes, said: "By creating more graffiti, they are creating additional work for our teams, meaning resources are diverted from elsewhere to remove it."

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The Argus: Two tents set up on Brighton beach - pictured Saturday, May 18Two tents set up on Brighton beach - pictured Saturday, May 18 (Image: Andrew Gardner / The Argus)

Brighton's homeless problem has been laid bare in recent months with tents appearing in front of the city's biggest landmarks, along with beaches and in major roads.

Cllr Williams added: "We are committed to supporting people experiencing homelessness and to help those sleeping on the streets into safe, permanent accommodation.

“The best way to help the council provide support to the individual is to let us know via StreetLink - connecting people sleeping rough to local services so local outreach services can engage with the people concerned as quickly as possible and support them into accommodation."