The total damage caused by Moore was estimated at more than £113,000.
£10,000 to clean up Newington Causeway railway bridge!!!
Why wasn't he made to clean and repaint the bridge. Whoever charged 10k to paint over some graffiti should have been jailed for ripping off the council. Surely these clean-up costs are grossly exaggerated.
2 years in prison for graffiti? seems excessive to me, given the skills he'll learn from his inmates will be more sinister than "tagging". surely 2 years community service cleaning up graffiti would be a more constructive punishment for everyone?
The older I get the more I dislike the sight of badly executed 'dubs', the visual litter of chrome tags strewn along London's rail routes. But will jailing the writers responsible make them more responsible citizens on release? Or will it make others less likely to do the same? Doubt it.
A community service order 'patching' over graffiti or cleaning it off might at least have a pleasing irony, but chain gangs are not a good look for a progressive capital city, what with Olympics coming up and all.
A night in the cells and a fine derailled my nascent career in political grafiti (this was nearly thirty years ago in another city) although my co-defendant went on to produce some truely ugly graffiti, mostly the word 'NO!' written very large in red, for some years after this, so different strokes for different folks, I guess.
Tell you what, I get quite excited when I catch a glimpse of Gold Peg (mentioned previously in these forums); caught sight of this artist's trademark on high up on a building when driving up Kilburn High Road on Saturday and it made my day.