Leeds & West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire railway graffiti taggers given Asbos

David Broadbent (left) and Paul Scott
Image caption A laptop containing photos of the men's graffiti was found by police

Two graffiti vandals from West Yorkshire who targeted the rail network for 18 months, causing more than £14,000 of damage, have been sentenced.

David Broadbent, 20, of Brook Street, Brighouse, and Paul Scott, 18, of Tyersal Avenue, Bradford, were given five-year Anti-social Behaviour Orders.

Broadbent was also given a 10-month jail term, suspended for 18 months.

Both men, who admitted criminal damage at Leeds Crown Court, were ordered to carry out community work.

'18-month headache'

Broadbent and Scott were investigated by British Transport Police after they were caught on CCTV tagging a shop in Leeds.

They were arrested in July 2011 and a search of their homes found spray paint cans and photos of their tags painted on trains and rail bridges.

After sentencing Det Con Jason Ridgeway said: "These vandals carried out a spree that caused rail operators an 18-month headache.

"The damage and clean-up costs... have to be borne by someone and that someone is ultimately the fare-paying passenger."

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