One of the photos seized from ******* laptop showing the 19-year-old 'tagging' a train carriage
A 19-YEAR-OLD who caused £100,000 of damage by vandalising railway stations and trains has been jailed for nine months.
******** sprayed graffiti on railway property across the south east, including at stations in Buckinghamshire.
******, of ******, Caversham, Berkshire, was caught out after his fingerprints linked him to graffiti at Amersham station.
He was jailed at Reading Crown Court on Friday after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit criminal damage.
Officers from British Transport Police found a laptop containing “thousands” of photographs of graffiti damage when his home was searched as part of an investigation.
Forensic analysis linked ******** to the tag GNAT found at several of the sites and a graffiti crew called the Cheeky Boys.
As well as vandalising property at Amersham, ****** admitted committing offences at stations in Reading, Basingstoke, Farnham, Guildford, Weymouth, Woking, Redhill, Aylesbury and Clapham Junction between January 2006 and December 2007.
DS Pete Thrush from British Transport Police said after ******* sentencing: "Over a two-year period, he caused substantial damage to railway property and numerous trains were delayed or cancelled as carriages were kept in depots waiting to be cleaned from the damage he caused.
"The sentence today will hopefully serve as a warning to others that those who engage in defacing and damaging railway property can expect to be pursued by British Transport Police and bought before the courts for their crimes."