CCTV images released following graffiti damage

Alert message sent 23/11/2020 16:02:00

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police

We've released a CCTV image of man we'd like to identify in relation to graffiti scribbled on buildings around Swindon. 

We are aware of approximately 35 "tags," caused by a marker pen, on buildings and bus stops on Regent Street, Theatre Square as well as in Old Town in the past week.   They are primarily anti-government sentiments around Covid. 

PC Paul Bezzant, from the Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:  "The damage caused by this graffiti - which is blatant criminal damage - causes no end of issues. It costs our local council time and public money to clean it off the buildings in our town centre.
"If you recognise the man in the CCTV picture we would like to speak to about these incidents or have any information which could help us, please contact us on 101 quoting crime reference number 54200115355."

Alternatively, you can report anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

Councillor David Renard, Leader of Swindon Borough Council, said: “This tagging spree is reprehensible and I would encourage any members of the public who recognise this man to get in touch with our colleagues at Wiltshire Police.  It is important we identify the person responsible so we can prosecute.
“Our StreetSmart team has removed the vast majority of the tags but we can ill afford to spend taxpayers’ money on clearing up such unsightly scrawl, some of which was daubed on the lovely mural outside the bus station. We are currently liaising with the artists to see if they can remove the tags without damaging the artwork.”

Image of man in this link. 
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Mark Jones (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)

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