Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Good Result

A bit of good news from the policing front at last. Seven teenagers were arrested after graffiti was scrawled on beach huts along Broadstairs seafront.

The youths, aged between 15 and 21, were detained late at night at Dumpton Gap by police who also seized spray-paint aerosols and other items.

Three 15-year-olds and a 17-year-old from Broadstairs and an 18-year-old from Margate were cautioned for causing criminal damage.

A sixth person, a 21-year-old from Broadstairs, was cautioned for having articles with intent to destroy/damage property. A 17-year-old Broadstairs boy was released without charge.

A police spokesman said: “We are currently running an operation in Thanet targeting criminal damage and graffiti, using various means.”


Eastcliff Richard said...

Ah, so that explains it then. I'd been wondering what the rozzers were doing down there!

maverick said...

So that's absolutely bloody wonderfull then. Naughty boys told not to do it again, please. And what about the thousands of pounds worth of damage they caused. I would have thought that this is where an example should have been set with a very severe penalty.

The last lot to be caught did at least get a reasonable fine, and it was reported that TDC were going to take a private legal action. It this another example of un joined-up thinking, or are the police just too busy again?

Anonymous said...

Lets have a follow up please, will anyone be compensated, will the boys parents be getting a bill for the clean up? will anything happen?

Anonymous said...

anon again!

I believe that these are the very culprits Councillor Latchford is looking for!
Now you know WHO they are, do what you said you would PLEASE!

Anonymous said...

The oldest was 21? There was a 17 & 18 year old too? Are these young adults immature or something graffiting property? I can understand 15 year olds might do it, not that that makes it right but the 17, 18 and 21 year olds are obviously either very immature or simple...or both?

Anonymous said...

Fantastic that the police caught these fools - pity nothing of much note is likely to happen as a result of this. It is high time that this kind of nonsense was stamped out by severe action.

Anonymous said...

While i am not condoning them, (anon 9.52) take a look any book shop in the art and design section and you will see umpteen photographic books on the subject. It is a world wide problem/phenomenon depending on your point of view. It has little to do with maturity...i know several "graffiti artists" who work in the field of graphic design and communications, i stress they only work legaly and all are mid to late thirties. while i agree that these lads should be punished and/or fined it might be worth taking a look at the reasons why ( i know i have just lost half of the hang um flog um brigade!) If these lads can have those energies channeled into legal forms of artistic expression, you might be solving and preventing future problems. Something the bountiful resources of the Turner Centre should/could be involved in?

Anonymous said...

This IS an Art form ... woah ... back up and let me finish ... It is an art form and people with the talent CAN express themselves through it. Those who do it on a wall are causing damage unless they have been given permission. It is as simple as that. My son has that talent and I provided him with boards and four white walls in his bedroom (no aerosols indoors!) He would complete a 'canvas' and hang it in his room. When he wanted to change it he would photograph it and start over ... Now he is at University studying graphic design and photography! He didnt have the urge to damage property. There is no excuse for anyone to do this outdoors on other peoples property. When they DO it is to show that they have complete disregard for law and order - and they get that from just getting a slap on the wrist as a punishment. Make them complete the repairs or confiscate their valuables to the value of the cost of repairs.

LevOne said...

you people really cannot judge the graffiti writers.
as i myself am an ex "graffiti vandal" i want to say how addictive this can be.
i have been addicted to marajuana aswell as gambling in recent years, and i found these alot easier to give up than graffiti. i hated it, but i just couldnt stop, and i know this is the case for a majority of reglar offenders. thanet council need to tackle this as any other crime, with real councilling and help for them, not revenge

LevOne said...

also, annonymous 12.22

if u believe there is no excuse, what do u think their motives are?

they are not risking there freedom to damage things, they are doingit forthe pure love of it.

what people dont understand is that this isnyt just a phase, or a one time thing, this is a lifestyle, a way of life.

ur son may say he only does canvas's but the fact of the matter is that if he is truely dedicated he most probably was a vandal