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Man charged as readers dob in graffiti vandals
Man charged as readers dob in graffiti vandals

A Dianella man already on bail over graffiti-related charges was arrested over fresh vandalism allegations yesterday morning.

The arrest, part of a crackdown on offenders who deface buses, trains and public transport infrastructure by spraying graffiti or scratching windows, came as police received tips about vandals whose photographs were published in _The West Australian _ yesterday.

Police hunting vandals whose crimes costs the WA community more than $25 million a year for clean-up and repairs released the images of unidentified offenders this week as part of the third phase of Operation Eraser.

The Dianella man, who was not pictured, was arrested at a relative's North Perth home after police allegedly linked him to graffiti tags on trains and infrastructure dating back to November.

The 21-year-old was on bail for charges of wilful damage and trespass on railway infrastructure over similar crimes.

He was questioned and charged with eight counts of criminal damage and six of trespass on railway infrastructure.

Police allege he spray-painted his tag on trains, tunnels and fences several times in the past four months.

Spray cans, clothing and artwork displaying the 21-year-old's tag were allegedly found at the North Perth house.

A teenage girl was also questioned over graffiti yesterday after she was allegedly caught on a Public Transport Authority security camera taking a marker pen from her bra and scrawling on a bus seat.

The 17-year-old will face a juvenile justice team.

Crime Stoppers received more than 30 calls yesterday in response to the article and photographs.

It is understood most were tips about the identity of people pictured in the paper, while some callers gave police the names of other graffiti vandals.

Police Assistant Commissioner Steve Brown, chairman of the State Graffiti Taskforce, described graffiti as an abhorrent crime.

The PTA reported more than 300 graffiti offences to police last year.

The West Australian

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