South Wales Police have admitted they have drawn a blank in their search for Penarth’s most prolific graffiti vandal.
Although the police had 3 people in custody, and have identified certain “tags” which they were responsible for, they still haven’t tracked down the main culprit.
Inspector Gary Smart has written to Penarth Council saying “We are still trying to ID the person responsible for the largest amount of graffiti”
He says in his message to councillors -“We have collated and created occurences for all the graffiti, and where CCTV was available, we put this out in the public domain to assist red ID of the culprits. We have had 3 opersons in custor and have beebn able to identify certain tags and graffiti they were responsible for.
Inspector Smart says “We are still trying to ID the person responsible for the largest amount of graffiti. As it stands the ones we have spoken to are over 18 years of age. They live in the Vale of Glamorgan, one received a caution and the other two had not come to police notice before and were dealt with under the 18-25 scheme” [The “18-25 Scheme” aims to “divert” young offenders away crtiminal activity and deals with some of them outside the court system. ]
Former Plymouth Ward councillor Clive Williams had asked in the final Penarth Council meeting before the local elections if the graffiti incidents were linked to damage to Penarth cricket pitch , the Station Approach attack and to cars being vandalised in Westbourne Road
Inspector Smart has replied in writing “There is no current evidence available to link the persons we have spoken to in relation to the graffiti, to the incidents mentioned”.
This month local residents began paying the new 5%-higher police precept as part of the Council Tax.
South Wales Police now has more officers than ever-before in its history and will cost taxpayers £263,792,715 to run in 2017/18.