Suspected vandal in court over 60 graffiti cases

Damian O'Neil

BBC Look North

A suspected vandal will appear in court after being charged following an investigation into 60 cases of graffiti in Newcastle.

Since the beginning of the year, both police and the city council have received numerous reports of pink crucifixes being spray-painted in public places.

The "tag" has been sprayed on signs and walls across Kenton, Fawdon and Gosforth. It has also been seen in the West End of the city. In total it is thought there have been more than 60 incidents.

The most recent was on Sunday when a passer-by on Grandstand Road reported that someone was spraying the crosses on a wall. A 41-year-old man was arrested and has been charged with a number of offences of criminal damage.

Graffiti in Newcastle
Northumbria Police
Jimmy Dickinson takes pictures of the town's graffiti on his runs
Jimmy Dickinson takes pictures of the town's graffiti when as a distraction from the chore of running.