Police hunt vandals behind Southampton graffiti spree

Black Heritage chairman Beverley Dowdell with one of the graffiti tags

Black Heritage chairman Beverley Dowdell with one of the graffiti tags

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Education Reporter

VANDALS daubed graffiti on property, cars and public buildings, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

The trail of purple and red paint with trademark “tags” – used by the culprits to identify themselves – spread through St Mary’s in Southampton with almost a dozen reports of damage to property.

The night-time crime spree saw at least two cars, two vans, several homes and a community building targeted.

The same tags have since been spotted in the underpass that leads to St Mary Street and one that leads from New Road to Southampton Solent University.

The main roads affected include Hartington Road and St Albans Road, home to the Black Heritage cultural centre.

The tags include the name “Juls” or “Julz” with the letters “TFI” along with a symbol.

Black Heritage chairman Beverley Dowdell was sickened by the damage.

She explained the doors on which the tag had been sprayed had only recently been replaced.

She added: “We are an organisation that is run entirely on grants and donations. Something like this really makes me angry. These people need to understand how distressing and disheartening it is to all those people who work so hard to keep this centre going.”

Now police, who say they are not treating the crimes as a racist offence, are calling on the public’s help to find those responsible.

Police community support officer James Morgan said: “There are a number of people whose properties have been affected by this vandalism, and we would urge anyone who knows anything to help find those responsible.”

Anyone with any information about the spree in the early hours of Friday October 12 should contact the Newtown Safer Neighbourhoods Team on 101.

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10:15am Sun 21 Oct 12

arthur dalyrimple says...

no respect for people or property ,still ,the tide is turning ,the prime ministers new slogan is mug a hoodie and he uses the retribution word , twenty years too late,but it,s a start , the age of the hoodie hoodlum is coming to a end .
no respect for people or property ,still ,the tide is turning ,the prime ministers new slogan is mug a hoodie and he uses the retribution word , twenty years too late,but it,s a start , the age of the hoodie hoodlum is coming to a end . arthur dalyrimple
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10:45am Sun 21 Oct 12

AD1234 says...

The Prime Minister is a populist, superficial waste of space. He has no intention of doing anything about so-called 'low-level' crime. Just like Blair, he is merely words, words, and more words.

Since our lefty-liberal society won't permit Southampton to sort out its problem in the way New York City did, our home will continue to be called 'Gotham City' by friends and family who live in more civilised parts of England.
The Prime Minister is a populist, superficial waste of space. He has no intention of doing anything about so-called 'low-level' crime. Just like Blair, he is merely words, words, and more words. Since our lefty-liberal society won't permit Southampton to sort out its problem in the way New York City did, our home will continue to be called 'Gotham City' by friends and family who live in more civilised parts of England. AD1234
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11:15am Sun 21 Oct 12

southy says...

AD1234 wrote:
The Prime Minister is a populist, superficial waste of space. He has no intention of doing anything about so-called 'low-level' crime. Just like Blair, he is merely words, words, and more words.

Since our lefty-liberal society won't permit Southampton to sort out its problem in the way New York City did, our home will continue to be called 'Gotham City' by friends and family who live in more civilised parts of England.
You mean Righty-Liberal
[quote][p][bold]AD1234[/bold] wrote: The Prime Minister is a populist, superficial waste of space. He has no intention of doing anything about so-called 'low-level' crime. Just like Blair, he is merely words, words, and more words. Since our lefty-liberal society won't permit Southampton to sort out its problem in the way New York City did, our home will continue to be called 'Gotham City' by friends and family who live in more civilised parts of England.[/p][/quote]You mean Righty-Liberal southy
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11:44am Sun 21 Oct 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Once caught, these "artists" should be given a few weeks cleaning up other peoples mess as well as their own. Bring back the stocks and pass me a tomato I say.
Once caught, these "artists" should be given a few weeks cleaning up other peoples mess as well as their own. Bring back the stocks and pass me a tomato I say. OSPREYSAINT
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12:05pm Sun 21 Oct 12

solents says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Once caught, these "artists" should be given a few weeks cleaning up other peoples mess as well as their own. Bring back the stocks and pass me a tomato I say.
Put them in stocks and pillorys then don't throw a tomato at them - just spray them all over with some paint that will last weeks and take a lot of scrubbing to come off and see how they like it.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Once caught, these "artists" should be given a few weeks cleaning up other peoples mess as well as their own. Bring back the stocks and pass me a tomato I say.[/p][/quote]Put them in stocks and pillorys then don't throw a tomato at them - just spray them all over with some paint that will last weeks and take a lot of scrubbing to come off and see how they like it. solents
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2:34pm Sun 21 Oct 12

Hdg end mo says...

As I've previously said arm our police lets see who comes of worse hoodie with a spray can or cop with an ak47
As I've previously said arm our police lets see who comes of worse hoodie with a spray can or cop with an ak47 Hdg end mo
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3:33pm Sun 21 Oct 12

mickey01 says...

anything that brightens up st marys is ok with me
anything that brightens up st marys is ok with me mickey01
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4:37pm Sun 21 Oct 12

george h says...

Hdg end mo wrote:
As I've previously said arm our police lets see who comes of worse hoodie with a spray can or cop with an ak47
It's more likely that the armed cop will shoot a blind man minding his own business after mistaking his white stick for a scimitar sword.

Or even a Brazilian high jumper.
[quote][p][bold]Hdg end mo[/bold] wrote: As I've previously said arm our police lets see who comes of worse hoodie with a spray can or cop with an ak47[/p][/quote]It's more likely that the armed cop will shoot a blind man minding his own business after mistaking his white stick for a scimitar sword. Or even a Brazilian high jumper. george h
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7:11pm Sun 21 Oct 12

bigal007 says...

thats st marys for you the most unsafe [lace in southampton !!
thats st marys for you the most unsafe [lace in southampton !! bigal007
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7:51pm Sun 21 Oct 12

bobbyboy says...

the sad state of affairs is that a PCSO who do a grand job but have no powers what so ever has been task to find out who.
Are police becoming totally useless and is is another step into the Private Police Force or PPF for short get an officer out there to ask the questions and it will not be long before someone ID's the Tags I hope the New Commissioners get the police back to the beat as soon as he/she is elected they did this in the Bronx NY and now is one of the top safest places to live i'm told with a ZERO tolerance on ANY Crime.
If the culprits are caught they or there parents should pay the Full costs of its removal and the shop keeper that sold the paint to minors if that is what they are as i belive there is an age limit on the sale of paint spray cans.
Let all of us become intollerence to crime its not snitching its looking after your areas and keeping them clean in all its form.
B.P. - M.R.A.
the sad state of affairs is that a PCSO who do a grand job but have no powers what so ever has been task to find out who. Are police becoming totally useless and is is another step into the Private Police Force or PPF for short get an officer out there to ask the questions and it will not be long before someone ID's the Tags I hope the New Commissioners get the police back to the beat as soon as he/she is elected they did this in the Bronx NY and now is one of the top safest places to live i'm told with a ZERO tolerance on ANY Crime. If the culprits are caught they or there parents should pay the Full costs of its removal and the shop keeper that sold the paint to minors if that is what they are as i belive there is an age limit on the sale of paint spray cans. Let all of us become intollerence to crime its not snitching its looking after your areas and keeping them clean in all its form. B.P. - M.R.A. bobbyboy
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8:54pm Sun 21 Oct 12

sass says...

solents wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote: Once caught, these "artists" should be given a few weeks cleaning up other peoples mess as well as their own. Bring back the stocks and pass me a tomato I say.
Put them in stocks and pillorys then don't throw a tomato at them - just spray them all over with some paint that will last weeks and take a lot of scrubbing to come off and see how they like it.
They would wear it like a badge. Cane their a55es!
[quote][p][bold]solents[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Once caught, these "artists" should be given a few weeks cleaning up other peoples mess as well as their own. Bring back the stocks and pass me a tomato I say.[/p][/quote]Put them in stocks and pillorys then don't throw a tomato at them - just spray them all over with some paint that will last weeks and take a lot of scrubbing to come off and see how they like it.[/p][/quote]They would wear it like a badge. Cane their a55es! sass
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9:52pm Sun 21 Oct 12

Ted Rogers says...

Hdg end mo wrote:
As I've previously said arm our police lets see who comes of worse hoodie with a spray can or cop with an ak47
Have you deliberately left the Ron off of your name?
[quote][p][bold]Hdg end mo[/bold] wrote: As I've previously said arm our police lets see who comes of worse hoodie with a spray can or cop with an ak47[/p][/quote]Have you deliberately left the Ron off of your name? Ted Rogers
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10:15pm Sun 21 Oct 12

HWinWindies says...

When the Graffiti vandal tagged as Banksy "ruined" the wall in St. Denys everyone said it was ok, but now its new "up and coming artists" they need to be stopped, or worse, publicly humiliated.
Come on Southampton,either Banksy is no more art than these tags, or these tags are no more vandalism than Banksy.
When the Graffiti vandal tagged as Banksy "ruined" the wall in St. Denys everyone said it was ok, but now its new "up and coming artists" they need to be stopped, or worse, publicly humiliated. Come on Southampton,either Banksy is no more art than these tags, or these tags are no more vandalism than Banksy. HWinWindies
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10:18pm Sun 21 Oct 12

SotonGreen says...

No one calls Southampton "Gotham City" at least noone I know does.

The way to tackle graffiti is hard graft on behalf of communities and the police, tag databases so when new "art" is put up it can be checked against known "artists" together with active enagement providing these "yoof" something more positive to do with their time. It may not please the birch em brigade but it is far more likely to actually work which is surely the point ?
No one calls Southampton "Gotham City" at least noone I know does. The way to tackle graffiti is hard graft on behalf of communities and the police, tag databases so when new "art" is put up it can be checked against known "artists" together with active enagement providing these "yoof" something more positive to do with their time. It may not please the birch em brigade but it is far more likely to actually work which is surely the point ? SotonGreen
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11:39pm Sun 21 Oct 12

Carol zsako says...

Marking up cars! That is a crime of graffiti vandalism. As described at www.DefacingAmerica.
com , we don't have an art problem. We have a vandalism problem.
Marking up cars! That is a crime of graffiti vandalism. As described at www.DefacingAmerica. com , we don't have an art problem. We have a vandalism problem. Carol zsako
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11:43pm Sun 21 Oct 12

Carol zsako says...

HWinWindies wrote:
When the Graffiti vandal tagged as Banksy "ruined" the wall in St. Denys everyone said it was ok, but now its new "up and coming artists" they need to be stopped, or worse, publicly humiliated.
Come on Southampton,either Banksy is no more art than these tags, or these tags are no more vandalism than Banksy.
How is marking up cars art? It is vandalism. If I'm missing something, ping me at www.DefacingAmerica.
com
[quote][p][bold]HWinWindies[/bold] wrote: When the Graffiti vandal tagged as Banksy "ruined" the wall in St. Denys everyone said it was ok, but now its new "up and coming artists" they need to be stopped, or worse, publicly humiliated. Come on Southampton,either Banksy is no more art than these tags, or these tags are no more vandalism than Banksy.[/p][/quote]How is marking up cars art? It is vandalism. If I'm missing something, ping me at www.DefacingAmerica. com Carol zsako
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11:47pm Sun 21 Oct 12

Carol zsako says...

SotonGreen wrote:
No one calls Southampton "Gotham City" at least noone I know does.

The way to tackle graffiti is hard graft on behalf of communities and the police, tag databases so when new "art" is put up it can be checked against known "artists" together with active enagement providing these "yoof" something more positive to do with their time. It may not please the birch em brigade but it is far more likely to actually work which is surely the point ?
"art!? " Don't you mean vandalism? Marking up a car has nothing to do with art. Creating an inventory of tags and markings to use in future prosecution is one thing, yet calling it art is way off the mark. If I'm missing something, ping me at www.DefacingAmerica.
com
[quote][p][bold]SotonGreen[/bold] wrote: No one calls Southampton "Gotham City" at least noone I know does. The way to tackle graffiti is hard graft on behalf of communities and the police, tag databases so when new "art" is put up it can be checked against known "artists" together with active enagement providing these "yoof" something more positive to do with their time. It may not please the birch em brigade but it is far more likely to actually work which is surely the point ?[/p][/quote]"art!? " Don't you mean vandalism? Marking up a car has nothing to do with art. Creating an inventory of tags and markings to use in future prosecution is one thing, yet calling it art is way off the mark. If I'm missing something, ping me at www.DefacingAmerica. com Carol zsako
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12:27am Mon 22 Oct 12

kingnotail says...

To be fair it's not like the graffiti could make Southampton look any worse.
To be fair it's not like the graffiti could make Southampton look any worse. kingnotail
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7:19am Mon 22 Oct 12

HWinWindies says...

@ Carol
Having lived for many years on the west side of the Atlantic I know to keep my ironic comments or sarcasm on the east side of the Atlantic, else they are taken as literal truths, and I have to explain.
Also, whilst I note that "Southampton" is a name used for places in the good old USofA, the original one, about which these posts are, is in the good old UK, and it is rare that policing styles crossover well.
My statement was purely to highlight the joy of many when the hooligan Banksy defaced St. Denys, compared to the righteous indignation against all or most other graffiti.
It is, in my opinion, ALL vandalism, you cannot pick and choose. Unless it is in a pre-designated area etc etc etc.
@ Carol Having lived for many years on the west side of the Atlantic I know to keep my ironic comments or sarcasm on the east side of the Atlantic, else they are taken as literal truths, and I have to explain. Also, whilst I note that "Southampton" is a name used for places in the good old USofA, the original one, about which these posts are, is in the good old UK, and it is rare that policing styles crossover well. My statement was purely to highlight the joy of many when the hooligan Banksy defaced St. Denys, compared to the righteous indignation against all or most other graffiti. It is, in my opinion, ALL vandalism, you cannot pick and choose. Unless it is in a pre-designated area etc etc etc. HWinWindies
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7:22am Mon 22 Oct 12

HWinWindies says...

AND whilst I am on it, have you really considered the arrogance of telling British people to look to USA sites for solutions?
I despair at the third world conditions around your capital, where the ghettoisation of poor people is ignored by the law making rich. Deal with the plank in your eye before you highlight my splinter.
AND whilst I am on it, have you really considered the arrogance of telling British people to look to USA sites for solutions? I despair at the third world conditions around your capital, where the ghettoisation of poor people is ignored by the law making rich. Deal with the plank in your eye before you highlight my splinter. HWinWindies
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9:49am Mon 22 Oct 12

downfader says...

AD1234 wrote:
The Prime Minister is a populist, superficial waste of space. He has no intention of doing anything about so-called 'low-level' crime. Just like Blair, he is merely words, words, and more words.

Since our lefty-liberal society won't permit Southampton to sort out its problem in the way New York City did, our home will continue to be called 'Gotham City' by friends and family who live in more civilised parts of England.
I agree the PM is a populist but he's not on the left. He's a Thatcherite - you can see this from his policies, from the fact 51% of the Tory funding comes from bankers, hedge fund companies and private corporations.
[quote][p][bold]AD1234[/bold] wrote: The Prime Minister is a populist, superficial waste of space. He has no intention of doing anything about so-called 'low-level' crime. Just like Blair, he is merely words, words, and more words. Since our lefty-liberal society won't permit Southampton to sort out its problem in the way New York City did, our home will continue to be called 'Gotham City' by friends and family who live in more civilised parts of England.[/p][/quote]I agree the PM is a populist but he's not on the left. He's a Thatcherite - you can see this from his policies, from the fact 51% of the Tory funding comes from bankers, hedge fund companies and private corporations. downfader
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9:55am Mon 22 Oct 12

downfader says...

Hdg end mo wrote:
As I've previously said arm our police lets see who comes of worse hoodie with a spray can or cop with an ak47
Do you just spend your time writing rubbish?

Arming the Police would be a logistical nightmare - training, training, training, paperwork, maintenance. An AK47 is also entirely impractical for an officer to carry - a side arm is what is the standard US issue.

Remember - a gun can be taken off someone and used against them.
[quote][p][bold]Hdg end mo[/bold] wrote: As I've previously said arm our police lets see who comes of worse hoodie with a spray can or cop with an ak47[/p][/quote]Do you just spend your time writing rubbish? Arming the Police would be a logistical nightmare - training, training, training, paperwork, maintenance. An AK47 is also entirely impractical for an officer to carry - a side arm is what is the standard US issue. Remember - a gun can be taken off someone and used against them. downfader
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