The past few weeks have seen a string of arrests in the Loughton and Ealing areas of Greater London. A new intitiative called "Operation BusTag" has lead to an alleged 571 arrests since April. Increasingly, arrests for vandalism have lead to the conviction of suspects for other offences, mostly minor, including possesion of cannabis. This only helps to feed the idea proposed by the BTP and Home Office that graffiti is somehow a "gateway" crime which will inevitably lead to more serious offenses such as drug trafficking.
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