A prolific graffiti tagger who was caught red-handed in Brighton has been let off with a caution and a day’s unpaid work.
Sussex Police said: “A man has admitted daubing his graffiti tag more than 80 times across Brighton city centre.
“The 22-year-old was arrested after a sharp-eyed CCTV operator spotted him spray painting his tag LABR across various shop buildings in North Street in the early hours on (Wednesday) 3 April.
“Detectives and prevention officers worked with the Brighton and Hove Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) and the Brighton and Hove graffiti team to investigate.”
Detective Sergeant Joe Jardine said: “The tag in question – the letters LABR – was prevalent across Brighton city centre.
“With the help of our partners, we identified 81 individual tags and numerous separate crimes were recorded.
“The suspect, who had been released under investigation was re-arrested, his home searched and additional evidence seized.
“Once confronted with the evidence, including a spreadsheet of tags across the city, he admitted responsibility for all of these tags.”
BCRP nightsafe manager Kylie Wroe said: “Graffiti is a serious problem in a city that receives 11 million visitors a year.
“Furthermore, it is a serious problem for the residents that live in the city.
“We were proud to work with our partners to address this issue and make Brighton and Hove a pleasant place to live, work and visit.”
Sussex Police added: “The man, who was not known to police, accepted a conditional caution, which included doing a day of unpaid work for the city council as part of a community payback scheme.”
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