Graffiti vandal caught in mid-scrawl

Martin Telling captures vandals on his CCTV camera

Martin Telling captures vandals on his CCTV camera

First published in News

AN unsuspecting vandal has been caught on camera spraying graffiti on properties along Cambria Bridge in the early hours of the morning.

The man targeted the street at 6.30am on Saturday, March 29 when he assumed nobody was watching, but did not realise he was being filmed in the act.

Decorator Martin Telling, of Cambria Place, set up a camera outside his property six months ago after he noticed an increase in anti-social behaviour in the area.

And after checking the footage early that morning, he spotted two men walking along the side of the road, before splitting off into separate directions.

One then crossed the street and quickly left his mark on a wall and a garage door, which Martin, 42, had only painted the day before. After inspecting the street Martin realised a number of the tags, made in silver paint, had been left in the area, and immediately called the police to pass on the footage.

A 19-year-old man has since been arrested and interviewed.

Martin said: “I put the camera up just for a bit of peace of mind, because there is a lot of stuff going on outside my flat at all times of day.

“There are always people hanging around the alleyways out there and arguing, and we have had lots of graffiti and criminal damage around here recently”

Martin went out that morning to repaint the garage door, and was surprised to find when he looked at the footage again that one of the offenders walked right by his front door moments later, looking directly into the camera.

“I called the police straight away when I saw it, and they have taken the footage away to have a look at,” he said.

“Later I played the whole thing through and I realised one of them came right past my house and looked into the camera. “It doesn’t capture everything, and they disappear off round the corner for a while before coming back. “With graffiti if you see them doing it they need to be found out, especially because of the time of day.

“They had done some further up the road before they got to me, as well as on the wall of the house opposite and further down the road. “They did one on a garage I had painted the day before, so I just had to go back out there and paint it again.

PC Jansen Carter, beat manager for the town centre, said: “A 19-year-old male has now been arrested and interviewed in relation to these matters and is currently on police bail until May 6 pending further investigations.”

Anyone with information about the graffiti should phone Wiltshire Police on 101.

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7:53am Tue 8 Apr 14

semitonic says...

I wonder if the police will accidentally erase the footage.. would be a lot easier than actually doing something about these antisocial imbeciles. Search their homes and social media for more clues, I'll bet there's plenty.

Well done to Martin Telling, he's doing exactly the right thing trying to catch these morons, who are nothing short of a scourge on society and decent people.
I wonder if the police will accidentally erase the footage.. would be a lot easier than actually doing something about these antisocial imbeciles. Search their homes and social media for more clues, I'll bet there's plenty. Well done to Martin Telling, he's doing exactly the right thing trying to catch these morons, who are nothing short of a scourge on society and decent people. semitonic
  • Score: 5

8:11am Tue 8 Apr 14

Mango man says...

semitonic wrote:
I wonder if the police will accidentally erase the footage.. would be a lot easier than actually doing something about these antisocial imbeciles. Search their homes and social media for more clues, I'll bet there's plenty.

Well done to Martin Telling, he's doing exactly the right thing trying to catch these morons, who are nothing short of a scourge on society and decent people.
Why would the police'accidentally' erase the footage? The article states the person responsible has been arrested and interviewed, where presumably the footage would've been used, and is currently on bail.........ridicul
ous comment
[quote][p][bold]semitonic[/bold] wrote: I wonder if the police will accidentally erase the footage.. would be a lot easier than actually doing something about these antisocial imbeciles. Search their homes and social media for more clues, I'll bet there's plenty. Well done to Martin Telling, he's doing exactly the right thing trying to catch these morons, who are nothing short of a scourge on society and decent people.[/p][/quote]Why would the police'accidentally' erase the footage? The article states the person responsible has been arrested and interviewed, where presumably the footage would've been used, and is currently on bail.........ridicul ous comment Mango man
  • Score: 0

8:19am Tue 8 Apr 14

semitonic says...

It's happened before, incredibly.
It's happened before, incredibly. semitonic
  • Score: 1

8:24am Tue 8 Apr 14

semitonic says...

Mango man wrote:
semitonic wrote:
I wonder if the police will accidentally erase the footage.. would be a lot easier than actually doing something about these antisocial imbeciles. Search their homes and social media for more clues, I'll bet there's plenty.

Well done to Martin Telling, he's doing exactly the right thing trying to catch these morons, who are nothing short of a scourge on society and decent people.
Why would the police'accidentally' erase the footage? The article states the person responsible has been arrested and interviewed, where presumably the footage would've been used, and is currently on bail.........ridicul

ous comment
Here you go http://goo.gl/uE9pux
[quote][p][bold]Mango man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]semitonic[/bold] wrote: I wonder if the police will accidentally erase the footage.. would be a lot easier than actually doing something about these antisocial imbeciles. Search their homes and social media for more clues, I'll bet there's plenty. Well done to Martin Telling, he's doing exactly the right thing trying to catch these morons, who are nothing short of a scourge on society and decent people.[/p][/quote]Why would the police'accidentally' erase the footage? The article states the person responsible has been arrested and interviewed, where presumably the footage would've been used, and is currently on bail.........ridicul ous comment[/p][/quote]Here you go http://goo.gl/uE9pux semitonic
  • Score: 0

9:07am Tue 8 Apr 14

nobody says...

Bring back public stocks in the town centre.
Bring back public stocks in the town centre. nobody
  • Score: 9

9:42am Tue 8 Apr 14

Morsey says...

In questioning, the culprits need to reveal which 'pound and under shop' they bought the spray paint from as they also have a part in this!
In questioning, the culprits need to reveal which 'pound and under shop' they bought the spray paint from as they also have a part in this! Morsey
  • Score: -6

10:24am Tue 8 Apr 14

Davey Gravey says...

Hopefully it is one of morons who have been tagging all over the place. Make them clean every bit of their graffiti with their tounge.
Hopefully it is one of morons who have been tagging all over the place. Make them clean every bit of their graffiti with their tounge. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 7

11:07am Tue 8 Apr 14

swindondad says...

Seeing as knife carrying drug dealers just walk free from court I do not think anyone will be deterred by whatever pitiful sentence this 19 year old gets.

What are the odds it's just a police caution?
Seeing as knife carrying drug dealers just walk free from court I do not think anyone will be deterred by whatever pitiful sentence this 19 year old gets. What are the odds it's just a police caution? swindondad
  • Score: 2

11:44am Tue 8 Apr 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Morsey wrote:
In questioning, the culprits need to reveal which 'pound and under shop' they bought the spray paint from as they also have a part in this!
FYI they steal it from larger DIY type shops pound shop paint is awful quality. I think cleaning it up is a perfect punishment.
[quote][p][bold]Morsey[/bold] wrote: In questioning, the culprits need to reveal which 'pound and under shop' they bought the spray paint from as they also have a part in this![/p][/quote]FYI they steal it from larger DIY type shops pound shop paint is awful quality. I think cleaning it up is a perfect punishment. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 0

12:09pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Do-in-the-dishes says...

As I live in one of the properties mentioned in this article and have had the property tagged all over,Mr Telling kindly showed us the footage of this lad doing his thing in the area. He should be made to clean the area up,his handy work is scrawled all over town! His mug shot is on the Trident fish bar F/b page,as he scribbled all over their shop front on the same tagging spree! He was caught on their CCTV also! Dumb crims
As I live in one of the properties mentioned in this article and have had the property tagged all over,Mr Telling kindly showed us the footage of this lad doing his thing in the area. He should be made to clean the area up,his handy work is scrawled all over town! His mug shot is on the Trident fish bar F/b page,as he scribbled all over their shop front on the same tagging spree! He was caught on their CCTV also! Dumb crims Do-in-the-dishes
  • Score: 1

12:43pm Tue 8 Apr 14

semitonic says...

Are you referring to the 'ACE' tag?

Thanks for the FB link - very, very interesting - had my own property vandalised also, with that Ace tag. Except it's not ace in any way, it's utterly sh!te.
Are you referring to the 'ACE' tag? Thanks for the FB link - very, very interesting - had my own property vandalised also, with that Ace tag. Except it's not ace in any way, it's utterly sh!te. semitonic
  • Score: 1

1:00pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Do-in-the-dishes says...

Not referring to the "ACE" tag! It's the "TRIPPER" - "TRIPE" tag, that's in Crome paint all over town.
Not referring to the "ACE" tag! It's the "TRIPPER" - "TRIPE" tag, that's in Crome paint all over town. Do-in-the-dishes
  • Score: 0

1:13pm Tue 8 Apr 14

semitonic says...

Got you - the guy that does the 'ace' tag looks a lot like the FB picture and he's got a very distinctive and very loud laugh, sounds like a billy goat being run over by a steam-roller.
Got you - the guy that does the 'ace' tag looks a lot like the FB picture and he's got a very distinctive and very loud laugh, sounds like a billy goat being run over by a steam-roller. semitonic
  • Score: 1

1:38pm Tue 8 Apr 14

house on the hill says...

swindondad wrote:
Seeing as knife carrying drug dealers just walk free from court I do not think anyone will be deterred by whatever pitiful sentence this 19 year old gets.

What are the odds it's just a police caution?
maybe they should get him to write 100 lines?
[quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: Seeing as knife carrying drug dealers just walk free from court I do not think anyone will be deterred by whatever pitiful sentence this 19 year old gets. What are the odds it's just a police caution?[/p][/quote]maybe they should get him to write 100 lines? house on the hill
  • Score: 0

2:56pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Do-in-the-dishes says...

1:13pm Tue 8 Apr 14
semitonic says...

Got you - the guy that does the 'ace' tag looks a lot like the FB picture and he's got a very distinctive and very loud laugh, sounds like a billy goat being run over by a steam-roller.
Ok so you have seen this guy who writes "ACE" ! I heard he was arrested and given some handwriting lessons! As punishment!!!
1:13pm Tue 8 Apr 14 semitonic says... Got you - the guy that does the 'ace' tag looks a lot like the FB picture and he's got a very distinctive and very loud laugh, sounds like a billy goat being run over by a steam-roller. Ok so you have seen this guy who writes "ACE" ! I heard he was arrested and given some handwriting lessons! As punishment!!! Do-in-the-dishes
  • Score: 0

4:27pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Rubbercement says...

Can't believe the little loser gets up early just to go out tagging. Tagging that NO-ONE cares about! It's not cool. You can't read it. It's just mess. And destroys peoples stuff!!
Can't believe the little loser gets up early just to go out tagging. Tagging that NO-ONE cares about! It's not cool. You can't read it. It's just mess. And destroys peoples stuff!! Rubbercement
  • Score: 0

10:47pm Tue 8 Apr 14

VWHoarder says...

This is a widespread problem all over the country. Kids don't know any better and knowing it's a nuisance doesn't deter them. IT's like a dog weeing up a lamp post.

it's never going to stop.. you stop 1 and another 3 pop up over night.

I think instead a sensible solution that should be encouraged is to use water-based spraypaint, so that after the rain.. it will wash away..
This is a widespread problem all over the country. Kids don't know any better and knowing it's a nuisance doesn't deter them. IT's like a dog weeing up a lamp post. it's never going to stop.. you stop 1 and another 3 pop up over night. I think instead a sensible solution that should be encouraged is to use water-based spraypaint, so that after the rain.. it will wash away.. VWHoarder
  • Score: 0

7:42am Wed 9 Apr 14

semitonic says...

It's way for these toss-pots to deal with their own inadequacy, to adversely affect other people just for hell of it.

A bit like those chicken-brained boy racers who replace the exhaust pipe on their Saxo with a baked bean tin just to annoy everyone with the racket.

The saddest thing is they probably believe people actually think "wow that's so cool..", whereas of course people just want them to f*ck off and die.
It's way for these toss-pots to deal with their own inadequacy, to adversely affect other people just for hell of it. A bit like those chicken-brained boy racers who replace the exhaust pipe on their Saxo with a baked bean tin just to annoy everyone with the racket. The saddest thing is they probably believe people actually think "wow that's so cool..", whereas of course people just want them to f*ck off and die. semitonic
  • Score: 1

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