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News - 11 April 2004
50 should cover it

Spot Fines for Graffiti taggers meets with little enthusiasm

The government’s introduction of special measures to tackle graffiti came into force last week under the 2003 Anti-Social Behaviour Act. They include powers to clean third party street furniture and on-the-spot £50 fines for graffiti artists but the general consensus is that they will hardly make much difference on the street.

The fines can only be levied if individuals are caught in the act, which is not easy and conscientious police authorities already prosecute people through the courts if they are caught with sufficient evidence. The courts often let the community down by underestimating the strength of local feeling and imposing conditional discharges with costs but even this is usually more than £50.

The City Centre Business Forum is at the forefront of trying to get communities to take responsibility for graffiti on private property and is calling for volunteers to learn how to use removal agents so they can tackle the problem in their own neighbourhoods. For more information contact Soozie Campbell on 01273 380040.


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