A 14 year old boy from Hastings was arrested by police in Brighton on Wednesday 18 April on suspicion of graffiti ‘tagging’ in the North Laine. The BID security guards played a key role in the arrest.
Two boys were caught graffiting a wall in Jew Street by the BID security guards, who then contacted Brighton & Hove City Council’s graffiti officer. The council’s graffiti officer called the police, who arrested one of the boys. He has since been bailed pending further investigations by Sussex Police.
A council spokeswoman said, “Brighton & Hove does not tolerate vandalism. This incident demonstrates that we are ready and able to crack down hard on anyone caught tagging. Tagging is ugly and can make an area feel run down and unsafe – we do not want it in our city.
“This case is a prime example of the North Laine traders, the city council and the police working together to stamp out tagging.”
The Business Forum is working with Artscape and RareKind gallery to offer legal opportunities to street artists. With more and more opportunities arising for legitimate community art the illegal variety will be even more frowned upon in future.
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