NSW, Raids smash graffiti crew on trains at Central Coast
NSW, Raids smash graffiti crew on trains at Central Coast
Article from: , By Richard Noone, July 02, 2009 12:00am
A GRAFFITI gang has been broken up after three vandals were caught tagging trains at a yard in the middle of the day, police said.
Officers from the Rail Vandalism Task Force - set up to target train-related graffiti - raided the home of one of the men and seized graffiti illustrations, spray cans and a digital camera allegedly linked to a spree of vandalism.
Art of winning war on tagging
Police expect to make further arrests after they detained three men caught allegedly targeting trains stabled at Gosford station, on the Central Coast, last week.
Inspector Greg Jewiss from the Commuter Crime Unit said the three men were arrested as they fled the stabling yard.
"The trains were being stabled after the morning peak and had been hit several times over a period of a few months," he said.
A 25-year-old from Gosford, a 22-year-old from Niagara Park and a 22-year-old from North Gosford were arrested.
About 3pm the same day police from the task force raided the Niagara Park man's home on the Pacific Highway, seizing a number of items including spray cans.
The men were each charged with malicious damage in company, going disguised with intent and entering a rail corridor.
All three were granted conditional bail to appear at Gosford Local Court on July 28.
Insp Jewiss described the daylight attacks on trains as "brazen" and said they were indicative of graffiti crews seeking to increase their "notoriety".
News of the arrests comes days after The Daily Telegraph revealed gangs were deliberately tripping rail signals to stop commuter trains so they could spray tags.
As the cost of fixing graffiti vandalism and rail infrastructure has exploded to almost $35 million a year, vandals are filming their lunacy to post on the internet.
Insp Jewiss said the state-wide Rail Vandalism Task Force was planning further sting operations.
He said evidence, such as items seized in recent raids, would be used to link graffiti crews and their tags to past vandalism attacks.
Anyone with information about train graffiti is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000
I see that the Crime Stoppers 'phone number in the NSW article is the same in Qld.
Could the various states finally be talking on the same page?
Could there be a National stance on this issue, with information crossing the borders?
With the crap weather down south, and a recent tagging up in Cairns, does this mean that this scum is heading North for the winter, like the grey nomads and the Humpbacks?

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