An artist who has been stencilling lyrics from Manchester-based bands Joy Division and The Smiths on double yellow lines in the city said he wants people to find their own meaning in his work.

The scribe, known by his Instagram name AlShepMCR, has been taking to the streets of Prestwich, Whitefield and Manchester's Northern Quarter in recent weeks to add the various musical tributes to the painted street markings.

Some of the lyrics used include words from Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart and The Smiths' Shoplifters Of The World Unite.

The artist, who has also used Stone Roses lyrics, told the Press Association that he does not see his eye-catching work as vandalism, and that "some people have commented they're really poetic".

He said: "I don't want to make a mess and it does wash off after a couple of weeks, depending on the weather or the traffic."

Of his reasoning for his unique etchings, he said: "I always pick out the lyrics that mean something.

"Sometimes I make them fit around mental illness. People see what they want in them."

He said: "I've done stuff for years, I'm a bit of a one-trick donkey really.

"My inspiration is autism and schizophrenia and Tourette's, that's what often goes into it."

He added: "It's not about me, I just want people to think and they can take the meaning they want."

Over the years, AlShepMCR has also stencilled words onto zebra crossings, put stencilled posters on traffic signs and has even used money for his scribblings.

He said of his "cathartic" process: "I've had the same stencil kit for 20 years.

"I don't want money. I scribble on money, and people in the shops won't take it."

He dismissed comparisons to renowned street artist Banksy.

"I'm not bloody Banksy, am I? He's making a mint, I'm making nothing," he said.