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Graffiti vandals told to clean up Gravesend war memorials

PUBLISHED: 18:01 29 September 2010

Graffiti boys clear up

Graffiti boys clear up

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Two young vandals were forced to clean up their mess after they were arrested for daubing graffiti on war memorials.

Police spotted the 12 and 14-year-old boys after being called to the café area of the Fort Gardens, Gravesend, just after 5pm on September 18 following reports from residents that youngsters climbing on the roof.

Officers in plain clothes quickly stopped a group of teenagers, with the help of a witness. Marker pens were then found near to where the teenagers were standing and marker pen stains were then found on their hands.

PC Amy Nix said: “They realised quite quickly that they had been found out and that we had the evidence to prove what they had been up to.

“Their parents fully supported the police and happily volunteered their sons to come back to clean it up.”

He said two of the boys were searched at the scene and officers searched the area to find graffiti of their names on the war memorial cannons nearby.

After being confronted by officers PC Nix and PC Kevin Smith, both admitted what they had done and were arrested for causing criminal damage.

They were issued reprimands and an agreement was made with parents they would come back the next day with the police to clear off the graffiti off the cannons, so the community could see that they were making up for their behaviour from the day before.

PC Nix added: “Not only did the boys learn a lesson, but people nearby could see that they were being made to put right the damage they had caused.

“Hopefully they won’t do it again and others thinking about doing something similar will think twice.”

The Second World War Bofors Anti-Aircraft Guns were donated by Gravesend Lions Club in January 1978 to signify Gravesham’s role in defending the county.

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