A graffiti vandal who sprayed the same enigmatic tag 28 times around a Hemel Hempstead neighbourhood has been sentenced to community service.
Ellis Ansell, aged 18 of Astley Road, pleaded guilty to committing three incidents of criminal damage after he spray painted the word ‘NORT’ across Highfield.
In November a police appeal was launched to track down the identity of ‘NORT’ – the mysterious tag sprayed onto public and private property including fences, a garage door and electricity boxes throughout the Highfield area of the town.
Ansell was arrested on January 10. He admitted three offences for which he had been charged, but asked for a further 25 incidents to be taken into consideration when he appeared at Hatfield Remand Court on February 16.
He was sentenced to a community order requiring him to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work within the next year. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and costs of £85.
PC Steven Alison of the Hemel East Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Graffiti and acts of vandalism such as these have a negative effect on the community and costs the tax-payer or the owner of the property to get it cleared.
“We take incidents such as these very seriously and will take action to prevent further incidents. I would ask people to be vigilant to this crime and reports incidents of damage when they see it occurring, or contact us if they know who may be engaging in this type of activity.”
Call police on the non-emergency number 101 to report an incident of criminal damage or vandalism.