PCSO Andy Dellar with some of the new graffiti appearing in Gorse Hill
Finding the idiots who do these tags is difficult, sometimes it's tempting to just get the council down the same day and clean it off, taggers hate that
If they stroll back the same way several hours later and see it cleaned off, their world collapses! how sad but PCSOs could come face to face with these oiks - probably not in the act of scribing the tags, that is 1000 - 1 but more likely you could quite easily bump into the very youths who do this, what is your position if you see them clutching aerosol cans, thick permanent markers?? can you do anything?
So there we have an offence of just possessing these items, PCSOs probably can't search for these items but if they see them in possession of suspects believed to be responsible ...... what next? what would you do?Possessing Anything with Intent to Destroy or Damage Property
A charge under Section 3 of the Act will often be appropriate where the evidence falls short of an attempt to destroy or damage provided the necessary intent can be established; for example, when a defendant is stopped with petrol and matches before he or she has had a change to set fire to anything.
Section 3(a) is confined to damaging property belonging to another