Police appealing for help after graffiti blitz in Halesowen

Graffiti tags in Halesowen.

Graffiti tags in Halesowen.

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A CLAMPDOWN on graffiti artists has been launched in Halesowen after vandals have sprayed over 150 tags in the town.

Police have launched an investigation after a rapid rise in vandalism over the summer.

Bus shelters, road signs, walls, fences and business properties have all been daubed in paint as sprayers use the cover of night to paint their "tags."

The most popular tags include Flave, CNS (city never sleeps), Fanta, Boris, Trakz, Sort, Rote and Hope.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: "We need help from local residents to catch these graffiti artists in Halesowen.

"Officers believe that offences are being committed overnight over the last two months."

Mucklow Hill, Stourbridge Road and Beeches Road are three other areas where thousands of pounds worth of damage has been caused.

The spokesman added: "As part of the on-going investigation, officers have spoken to local people, taken evidential photographs and are in the process of checking CCTV footage.

"If you have any information about these tags or have seen anything suspicious in your area around these times related to these offences, please contact officers on 101."

Alternatively, anyone with any information report it to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Residents can also report further graffiti and other local problems on www.fixmystreet.com.

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5:42pm Tue 19 Aug 14

That's it Ken says...

Everyone knows who it is. The police have caught the main ring leader many times only for the courts to let him and his cohorts go. It doesn't take that much googling to find out who it is as he is not exactly shy of self-promotion either (although interestingly the facebook page has now disappeared). Wouldn't give them the infamy of publicity.
Everyone knows who it is. The police have caught the main ring leader many times only for the courts to let him and his cohorts go. It doesn't take that much googling to find out who it is as he is not exactly shy of self-promotion either (although interestingly the facebook page has now disappeared). Wouldn't give them the infamy of publicity. That's it Ken
  • Score: 14

6:35pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Sam Vimes says...

Printing pictures of their mess seems to be a fantastic incentive for them to keep doing it. I thought CNS related to his name anyway. When he used to publish his mess on facebook. Sponge, bucket of soapy water, orange jump suits and shackles is want we actually want to see.
Printing pictures of their mess seems to be a fantastic incentive for them to keep doing it. I thought CNS related to his name anyway. When he used to publish his mess on facebook. Sponge, bucket of soapy water, orange jump suits and shackles is want we actually want to see. Sam Vimes
  • Score: 5

6:49pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Jef Leppard says...

Hiya guyz,

I've seen these guys in Leasowes Park pretending to be American rap stars. I did smile. They are very similar to the rap kids on Britain's Got Talent, in style and age.

They take themselves very seriously, and think they are hard cases. So hard that they have to scurry round in the dead of night. I know some big guyz who's property they've damaged. I think a confrontation with my aggrieved friends would be a very sobering experience for them.
Hiya guyz, I've seen these guys in Leasowes Park pretending to be American rap stars. I did smile. They are very similar to the rap kids on Britain's Got Talent, in style and age. They take themselves very seriously, and think they are hard cases. So hard that they have to scurry round in the dead of night. I know some big guyz who's property they've damaged. I think a confrontation with my aggrieved friends would be a very sobering experience for them. Jef Leppard
  • Score: 15

10:56pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Jon Jovi says...

Jeff. It's sad to see you comparing the iconic rapping techniques of PNS and Flave to those kids on Britain's Got Talent.

If you check out their youtube channel you will see they are Cradley and Halesowen's grime answer to PJ and Duncan. but slightly less edgy.

Look forward to their remix of Straight Outta Colley Gate.
Jeff. It's sad to see you comparing the iconic rapping techniques of PNS and Flave to those kids on Britain's Got Talent. If you check out their youtube channel you will see they are Cradley and Halesowen's grime answer to PJ and Duncan. but slightly less edgy. Look forward to their remix of Straight Outta Colley Gate. Jon Jovi
  • Score: 4

11:24pm Tue 19 Aug 14

That's it Ken says...

I've heard the father of the main perpetrator acts deaf when he's questioned about his son's actions.

Another example of Broken Britain.
I've heard the father of the main perpetrator acts deaf when he's questioned about his son's actions. Another example of Broken Britain. That's it Ken
  • Score: 13

11:49pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Jef Leppard says...

Nearly midnight, most people off to bed soon. CNS off to the back of Comet or a wall on Mucklow Hill to compare daft hats. and the 8 facial hairs they have between them. Ah bless.
Nearly midnight, most people off to bed soon. CNS off to the back of Comet or a wall on Mucklow Hill to compare daft hats. and the 8 facial hairs they have between them. Ah bless. Jef Leppard
  • Score: 13

11:59pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Jon Jovi says...

Jef - superb.

I'm sure after reading that they will be ready to grumble.

Psyche.
Jef - superb. I'm sure after reading that they will be ready to grumble. Psyche. Jon Jovi
  • Score: 3

10:11am Thu 21 Aug 14

honestandfairbridge says...

They need to get a life and a job. I'm sick of seeing their tags along the 141 and 9 bus routes. Bloody GET A SKILL and actually paint something nice, don't just scribble your name like a child wanting mommy's praise. I really hope they never reproduce, they're thinning the gene pool.
They need to get a life and a job. I'm sick of seeing their tags along the 141 and 9 bus routes. Bloody GET A SKILL and actually paint something nice, don't just scribble your name like a child wanting mommy's praise. I really hope they never reproduce, they're thinning the gene pool. honestandfairbridge
  • Score: 13

10:33am Thu 21 Aug 14

Sam Vimes says...

Looking at his YouTube videos it looks like being rubbish at drawing isn't the only skill he doesn't have. Looks like his mum keeps his room tidy though.
Looking at his YouTube videos it looks like being rubbish at drawing isn't the only skill he doesn't have. Looks like his mum keeps his room tidy though. Sam Vimes
  • Score: 14

5:00pm Thu 21 Aug 14

anchor says...

Hilarious - must be a right ball ache logging in and out of your different accounts.

I hear the Daily Mail online comments section is a fun place for blinkered bigots like you.
Hilarious - must be a right ball ache logging in and out of your different accounts. I hear the Daily Mail online comments section is a fun place for blinkered bigots like you. anchor
  • Score: -17

5:48pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Jef Leppard says...

Not sure of the point you are trying to make there Anchor. Please explain.
Not sure of the point you are trying to make there Anchor. Please explain. Jef Leppard
  • Score: 12

5:59pm Thu 21 Aug 14

That's it Ken says...

Not sure why despising those who actively take part in criminal damage on peoples property and business' would make anyone a 'blinkered bigot'? But keep up the good trolling work Anchor.
Not sure why despising those who actively take part in criminal damage on peoples property and business' would make anyone a 'blinkered bigot'? But keep up the good trolling work Anchor. That's it Ken
  • Score: 14

7:55pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Sam Vimes says...

Pushing the responsibility back onto others is about par for the course these days. It's alway someone else's fault somehow isn't it.
Pushing the responsibility back onto others is about par for the course these days. It's alway someone else's fault somehow isn't it. Sam Vimes
  • Score: 13

3:43pm Sat 23 Aug 14

thaigreen says...

What a bunch of losers lol
What a bunch of losers lol thaigreen
  • Score: -7

4:10pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Jef Leppard says...

Thaigreen, try and engage your brain, if possible, and explain why we are losers please. I'd like your views.

Logging on and saying what you said without backing it up is the work of a 6 year old. Redeem yourself.......
Thaigreen, try and engage your brain, if possible, and explain why we are losers please. I'd like your views. Logging on and saying what you said without backing it up is the work of a 6 year old. Redeem yourself....... Jef Leppard
  • Score: 7

10:21pm Sat 23 Aug 14

That's it Ken says...

Thaigreen / Anchor / Danny P - it must be a right ball ache logging in and out of your different accounts.

I hear the Beano online comments section is a fun place for childish chavs like you.
Thaigreen / Anchor / Danny P - it must be a right ball ache logging in and out of your different accounts. I hear the Beano online comments section is a fun place for childish chavs like you. That's it Ken
  • Score: 7

6:53pm Sun 24 Aug 14

thaigreen says...

I guess I should've made my point clear, I meant these so called 'graffiti artists'

Oops
I guess I should've made my point clear, I meant these so called 'graffiti artists' Oops thaigreen
  • Score: 4

7:32pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Jef Leppard says...

Fair play, apologies for assuming you were a pillock-sympathiser!
Fair play, apologies for assuming you were a pillock-sympathiser! Jef Leppard
  • Score: 4

1:01pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Sam Vimes says...

I notice this is a "clampdown". Is this more or less severe than the "crackdowns" of the previous three years? My suggestions to help the Police would be:

1) You know who they are. Everybody does. To be completely fair it is really quite unlikely that it is different culprits to the ones you've arrested repeatedly for daubing the same graffiti all over Halesowen for the last four years. Talk to Sgt Hall. He managed to make an arrest in just two hours when it happened this time last year.

2) You know where they live. If you search the Halesowen News site there's an article detailing their names and addresses from last year.

3) You know when they do it. As already reported the graffiti appears overnight. A few minutes of Googling and Twitter searching suggests it's happened around this time of year for the last four years.

4) You know where they do it. For the most part it is the Stourbridge Road / Hagley Road corridor from Stourbridge to Quinton.

5) When it gets to court DEMAND that the judge doesn't impose meaningless curfews or ASBOs, CRASBOs yet again. It's time to trigger those suspended sentence clauses. If they're still juvenile (no pun intended) then wallop the parents with the maximum possible fine.
I notice this is a "clampdown". Is this more or less severe than the "crackdowns" of the previous three years? My suggestions to help the Police would be: 1) You know who they are. Everybody does. To be completely fair it is really quite unlikely that it is different culprits to the ones you've arrested repeatedly for daubing the same graffiti all over Halesowen for the last four years. Talk to Sgt Hall. He managed to make an arrest in just two hours when it happened this time last year. 2) You know where they live. If you search the Halesowen News site there's an article detailing their names and addresses from last year. 3) You know when they do it. As already reported the graffiti appears overnight. A few minutes of Googling and Twitter searching suggests it's happened around this time of year for the last four years. 4) You know where they do it. For the most part it is the Stourbridge Road / Hagley Road corridor from Stourbridge to Quinton. 5) When it gets to court DEMAND that the judge doesn't impose meaningless curfews or ASBOs, CRASBOs yet again. It's time to trigger those suspended sentence clauses. If they're still juvenile (no pun intended) then wallop the parents with the maximum possible fine. Sam Vimes
  • Score: 4

2:13pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Jef Leppard says...

Good points well made Sam. Do they have parents that care, or even parents at all? I'm guessing all the gang have absent Dad's and loose Moms.
Good points well made Sam. Do they have parents that care, or even parents at all? I'm guessing all the gang have absent Dad's and loose Moms. Jef Leppard
  • Score: 1

2:22pm Tue 26 Aug 14

That's it Ken says...

Sam - Don't forget Walton Hill, A456 nr Badger Sett, Harborne High Street, Highgate Middleway, Five Ways, Penncricket Lane, Ashes Lane, Blackheath High Street.

Jeff - I think in the case of the ringleader, the dad is not absent. His EDRU profile states he is a fan of graffiti himself, so I think it's a case of like father like son... He'll still **** a deaf 'un though.
Sam - Don't forget Walton Hill, A456 nr Badger Sett, Harborne High Street, Highgate Middleway, Five Ways, Penncricket Lane, Ashes Lane, Blackheath High Street. Jeff - I think in the case of the ringleader, the dad is not absent. His EDRU profile states he is a fan of graffiti himself, so I think it's a case of like father like son... He'll still **** a deaf 'un though. That's it Ken
  • Score: 4

3:49pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Downwardii says...

Maybe the Police should check the news reports.
http://www.halesowen
news.co.uk/news/9252
807.Halesowen_busine
ss_hit_by_second_gra
ffiti_attack/?ref=ms
#comments

http://www.expressan
dstar.com/news/crime
/2013/09/23/cars-hom
es-and-firms-hit-by-
halesowen-graffiti-a
ttacks/

https://www.fixmystr
eet.com/report/50382
8

http://www.thebrummi
e.net/graffiti-cns-i
s-creagan-from-hales
owen-22nd-july/

http://www.stourbrid
genews.co.uk/news/bl
ackcountry/9380050.H
alesowen_graffiti_ar
tist_banned_from_car
rying_paint/?ref=rss


https://www.facebook
.com/ExpressandStar/
posts/10151910692036
672

http://m.worcesterne
ws.co.uk/news/114194
13.Police_appealing_
for_help_after_graff
iti_blitz_in_Halesow
en/
Maybe the Police should check the news reports. http://www.halesowen news.co.uk/news/9252 807.Halesowen_busine ss_hit_by_second_gra ffiti_attack/?ref=ms #comments http://www.expressan dstar.com/news/crime /2013/09/23/cars-hom es-and-firms-hit-by- halesowen-graffiti-a ttacks/ https://www.fixmystr eet.com/report/50382 8 http://www.thebrummi e.net/graffiti-cns-i s-creagan-from-hales owen-22nd-july/ http://www.stourbrid genews.co.uk/news/bl ackcountry/9380050.H alesowen_graffiti_ar tist_banned_from_car rying_paint/?ref=rss https://www.facebook .com/ExpressandStar/ posts/10151910692036 672 http://m.worcesterne ws.co.uk/news/114194 13.Police_appealing_ for_help_after_graff iti_blitz_in_Halesow en/ Downwardii
  • Score: 2

3:51pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Downwardii says...

That's it Ken wrote:
Sam - Don't forget Walton Hill, A456 nr Badger Sett, Harborne High Street, Highgate Middleway, Five Ways, Penncricket Lane, Ashes Lane, Blackheath High Street.

Jeff - I think in the case of the ringleader, the dad is not absent. His EDRU profile states he is a fan of graffiti himself, so I think it's a case of like father like son... He'll still **** a deaf 'un though.
Yeah well maybe the council should bill him and his son for the clean up. We assume neither pay council tax.
[quote][p][bold]That's it Ken[/bold] wrote: Sam - Don't forget Walton Hill, A456 nr Badger Sett, Harborne High Street, Highgate Middleway, Five Ways, Penncricket Lane, Ashes Lane, Blackheath High Street. Jeff - I think in the case of the ringleader, the dad is not absent. His EDRU profile states he is a fan of graffiti himself, so I think it's a case of like father like son... He'll still **** a deaf 'un though.[/p][/quote]Yeah well maybe the council should bill him and his son for the clean up. We assume neither pay council tax. Downwardii
  • Score: 2

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