Work with Essex Police sees prolific graffiti offender arrested

31 July 2020

Joint partnership working between Thurrock Council and Essex Police has resulted in a prolific graffiti offender being successfully identified, following a series of public offences.

When later interviewed by Essex Police, the 28 year-old man from Argent Street, Grays confessed to 18 offences of graffiti in Grays Town Centre between February and June 2020.

Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of the Council, said: "Following cross-partnership working, our Environment Enforcement team and Housing and Cleansing teams were able to join forces with Essex Police Towns Team as part of an extensive CCTV operation. This provided the evidence needed to identify the individual, who has since confessed to the offences and been issued with an Agreed Behavioural Contract..

"Under this contract, which is in place for 2 years, the individual has agreed not to act in an anti-social manner, commit no act of criminal damage and possess no articles concerning criminal damage. If he breaches this, he will face being evicted – something the council has done before and will continue to seek to do in cases where council tenants are having such a negative impact on their local community as well as face further criminal damage charges.

"The graffiti 'tags' across the local area have caused both significant impact on the quality of life for local residents and created considerable cost for the tax payers, residents and businesses to clear. To be able to apprehend the person responsible is another great example of the council and police working hand-in-hand to keep our streets as clean and safe as possible. Thank you to all officers involved."