Thursday, 20 May 2010


Three graffiti taggers have had to clear up the mess they made in Ramsgate, after being caught in the act on the council's CCTV camera system.

The trio, two males and one female, were spotted by a camera operator in the early hours of Tuesday morning (18 May), spraying graffiti on the ground at the junction of Queen Street and Harbour Street in the centre of Ramsgate.

The operator was then able to use the system to follow the trio as they walked through the town and picked them up returning to their homes in Ramsgate.

The police were called and they visited the group, offering them the chance to clear up their graffiti, otherwise they would be charged. The trio then spent the next hour and a half clearing everything off the pavement.

District Commander, Chief Inspector Mitchell Fox, said: "This demonstrates another incident where the council and the police are working together to tackle anti-social behaviour and the kind of crime that blights our communities. A common sense approach by the police officer in this case ensured that the offenders put right their wrongs almost immediately."

Community Safety Manager Mark Richardson said: "Our cameras have proven once again that they are a very useful tool in the prevention and detection of crime. This illustrates excellent partnership working between the operator and police officers in question that ultimately has given the offenders a stark lesson."

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