Taggers clean up their mess

18- and 16-year-olds admit wilful damage

EMMA BAILEY
Last updated 05:00 10/09/2012
Some of the tagging in Timaru during the weekend being cleaned off on Sunday.
MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/Fairfax NZ
CLEAN UP: Some of the tagging in Timaru during the weekend being cleaned off on Sunday.

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Two Timaru teenagers responsible for a spate of graffiti on Otipua Rd have been caught green-handed.

A 17-year-old Timaru youth has also been arrested for wilful damage in relation to tagging at Mountainview High School and on The Terrace during the weekend.

Timaru police Sergeant Greg Sutherland said an overnight patrol on Saturday led to an 18-year-old Timaru man and a 16-year-old Timaru girl admitting 17 counts of wilful damage by graffiti.

The green graffiti was sprayed on garage doors, fences and letterboxes along Otipua Rd, between Chaucer and North Sts.

"They were caught with green paint on their hands and admitted to the graffiti," Mr Sutherland said. "They had drawn pictures of offensive body parts, rude offensive comments and swastikas."

Yesterday the pair had to wash off the graffiti. "That got a great reception from the public with people driving by congratulating the police on making them clean it off," Mr Sutherland said.

Green paint was also used at Mountainview High School.

"Vandalism is very annoying. So much time and money is spent cleaning up this nuisance crime," Mr Sutherland said.

Timaru Boys' High School was also the target of weekend vandalism with five windows broken. No arrest has yet been made.

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