Paying the price for graffiti

Creating graffiti has cost a man more than �1,000.

A MAN who admitted causing criminal damage with graffiti throughout Stevenage has been hit hard in the pocket.

Balaam Camp, of Orchard Crescent in the town, was fined �365 and ordered to pay compensation of �640 with �85 costs when he appeared before local magistrates last week.

The 23-year-old admitted criminal damage in Grace Way, Orchard Crescent on two occasions, Clovelly Way and Fairlands Way, again on two occasions.

He committed them between March 2009 and May 2010.

A further 20 offences were taken into consideration. He was ordered to pay the compensation to Stevenage Borough Council for damage incurred and also to the owner of a fence he damaged.

The court head that some of the murals were six foot high and five foot wide, painted with black and white emulsion. Camp had targeted a garden fence and underpass walls for his graffiti.

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He had also used permanent adhesive to stick drawings of the same image to walls and roadside furniture including an electrical box, causing damage.

Chief Inspector Richard Liversidge said: “I am pleased with this conviction because this type of crime increases people’s fear that a neighbourhood is unsafe, when this is not the case in Stevenage.”