Youth cautioned after Chapel House graffiti

04 Nov 2016 11:38 AM

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Police investigating graffiti and criminal damage in Chapel House have cautioned a teenager in connection with the incidents.

Between midday Saturday, October 15, and Sunday, October 16, graffiti was sprayed onto the path and play equipment at Barbondale play area at Barbondale Lonnen. Further graffiti, believed linked, was also found at Chapel House shops.

Officers from the area released images of the graffiti on Twitter and Facebook in an appeal for information and thanks to a fantastic response from the public a teenager was identified and spoken to.

He admitted causing the graffiti and will receive a police caution. Enquiries are ongoing to locate other people responsible for the offences.

Neighbourhood Acting Inspector for the area, Pinner Rana, said: "Thank you to everyone who shared the appeal on social media. It was as a direct result of the appeal that we received information that led us to identifying a 16-year-old boy responsible for the damage.

"He admitted the offence and will be given a police caution.  This will remain on his police record until the age of 18 and will affect how the police deal with him if he comes to our notice again. Receiving a police caution also has the potential to adversely affect a person’s future employment and should not be taken lightly.

"Enquiries are ongoing to identify other people who we think were involved in the damages and they will face action being taken against them too.

"We take damage like this seriously and will continue to have extra patrols in the Chapel House area on evenings now that the dark nights are here. If you see anyone spraying graffiti or damaging any property then please report it to us so we can do something about it."

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