Islington teen banned from carrying paint after �17,000 graffiti tagging spree

A 17-year-old graffiti vandal who caused �17,000 worth of damage to trains and council property has been banned from carrying paint, dye, ink or marker pens in public.

The teenager, from Islington, sprayed his unique signature on walls, signal cables, carriages and fence lines at stations on the Overground line – including Upper Holloway and Highbury and Islington stations – causing �8,602 worth of damage.

The 17-year-old also vandalised Islington Council property, causing �8,422 of damage, during his year-long spree, which started in January last year.

He was handed an antisocial behaviour order (Asbo) after he pleaded guilty to 12 counts of criminal damage at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court last Tuesday.

The Asbo also bars him from entering London Underground land or other train station land that is not clearly open to the public, or from carrying around any form of grinding stone, glass cutting equipment or glass etching chemical.

British Transport Police traced the teenager, who cannot be named due to his age, after recognising his tag from previous offences in 2010.

He was also served with youth rehabilitation orders, a youth social behaviour order and 100 hours of community service, but was not fined because of his limited means.