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Police to compare similar graffiti tags in crackdown bid

PUBLISHED: 09:45 05 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:37 05 May 2018

Picture of graffiti in Norwich. From Ben Price (@Transcendental1) Twitter.

Picture of graffiti in Norwich. From Ben Price (@Transcendental1) Twitter.

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Police are comparing the tags used by graffiti artists in a bid to crack down on the crime.

Picture of graffiti in Norwich. PIC: From Ben Price (@Transcendental1) Twitter.Picture of graffiti in Norwich. PIC: From Ben Price (@Transcendental1) Twitter.

Norfolk Police’s Sergeant Mark Shepherd said a man was arrested in St Gregory’s Alley in Norwich last night (Friday) after he was thought to have been spraying graffiti.

He was released under investigation while officers looked at where else the tag appeared to see if other incidents could be linked.

Sgt Shepherd, the community sergeant for Norwich East Safer Neighbourhood Team, said this was a method being used by police to tackle graffiti.

He said: “At the moment we’re tying the tags together, they take great pride in the tag.”

Graffiti on the side of the Lanes Clinic in Norwich. Picture: REBECCA WASSGraffiti on the side of the Lanes Clinic in Norwich. Picture: REBECCA WASS

A man was also arrested in the city for breaching a community protection notice and persistent begging.

Sgt Shepherd said the man was arrested in Malthouse Lane and had been charged to appear at court at a later date.

He said: “The public voted for these issues as Norwich east priorities, and the public should be able to be in the city centre without encountering anti-social behaviour and persistent begging.”


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