Merton Council nails yet another tagger

Merton Council has recently nailed another youth for graffiti tagging in the areas of Wimbledon and Morden, punishing him with a hefty fine and reparation order.

Following partnership work between Beat Manager PC Ian Crawford and the graffiti department of Merton Council, the youth was captured on CCTV whilst tagging council property. The youth was identified and arrested at home, where he admitted to a number of incidents of graffiti tagging.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was fined £135 including £50 costs to the council. He was also given a reparation order.

A reparation order involves service work over a period of time corresponding to the level of crime committed. In this case the youth was sentenced to six months of graffiti removal sessions. If required, the youth will also be sent on anger management courses. If the service work sessions are not attended, the individual will be taken back into court and sentenced to a more severe punishment.

Councillor Linda Kirby, Cabinet Member of Environmental Quality, said: “I am very pleased with this outcome and I hope that the individual has learnt that he cannot simply go around defacing anything he wants.”

” We are working very closely with the police to stamp out this kind of anti-social behaviour. However, we can only catch and prosecute taggers with the help of Merton residents. If anyone witnesses anti-social behaviour such as this, please contact the Graffiti Officers on 020 8545 4109 and help us tackle this issue.”