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Police patrols on trail of the graffiti vandals.

Byline: Andrew Hirst ,

Police have blitzed public transport as part of a clamp- down on graffiti vandals.

The officers - including some from British Transport Police - were out to catch vandals who attack buses, trains, timetables or waiting areas.

More than 100 officers were on high visibility patrols focusing on routes and stations identified by the bus and rail operators as being the most vulnerable.

This activity is part of a safer transport drive which has seen many crime-fighting initiatives on public transport throughout the county over the last six months.

It also reinforced the recently-launched Crimestoppers Turn in a Tagger campaign.

Graffiti vandals leave their own special mark - known as a tag - and police have urged people to come forward if they can put a name to a tag.

Crimestoppers regional co-ordinator Det Sgt Ian Froggett said: "Turn in a Tagger is all about cleaning up transport crime.

"By working alongside the police, Metro and bus and rail operators, we want to wipe out vandalism.

"Repair bills for graffiti and window etching run into thousand of pounds.

"The repairs also take time and can have a significant impact on the provision of reliable services.

"To help fight this, Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to pounds 1,000."

To Turn in a Tagger phone 0800 555 111.

If the vandal is arrested and charged the caller can claim the reward.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Apr 27, 2005
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