Thursday, 22 February 2007


By 1987 Britain fully initiated its "war on graffiti" with the setting up of a "graffiti squad" which was closely modelled on a similar group in New York. It began as a small subdivision of the British Transport Police (BTP) made up of a handful of officers dedicated to stamping out graff. These days the graffiti squad is a highly trained group who study and analyse graffiti down to the minutest details in an attempt to recognise styles that band together different writers. They have amassed thousands upon thousands of pictures and have stored them on an extensive database. Their aim is to infiltrate the various active crews and have them brought before the courts where writers can be charged under the Criminal Damage Act 1971 (section 1). Penalties have characteristically become more and more severe and judges are frequently punishing to the full extent of the law.

For a full breakdown of the punishments that apply to those caught for graffiti offences (including the draconian maximum sentence of 10 years), visit;
Criminal damage

Follow this link to the BTP website to see exactly what their stance is. Some of the information they gave about the nature of graffiti writers is a little outlandish.


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BobMorris said...