Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Jail Threat a Shock for Graffiti Accused; Tagging Is like a Dog Marking Its Territory, Says Mayor

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Jail Threat a Shock for Graffiti Accused; Tagging Is like a Dog Marking Its Territory, Says Mayor

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Byline: Ava Benny-Morrison Police reporter

PEOPLE from all spheres of the Northern Rivers community have formed a united front to battle the graffiti offenders adesecratinga their towns.

The message, echoing through the justice system, the police and local government recently was that the community was sick of waking up to find tags sprawled across public infrastructure.

The Bexhill Public Hall was defaced this month and large, black tags now cover one side of the quaint structure.

The hall's committee, who are all volunteers, were left to foot the bill.

aI feel like I have been stabbed in the back,a Bexhill Hall secretary Tom Johnston said.

aWe are all pretty down in the dumps about it. What money we do have goes to insurance and this sort of thing is something we didn't prepare for.

aWe only have five members to repaint the wall.a

A Lismore magistrate sent a shock through the system this week when he told a 20-year-old man who was in court on graffiti charges, that he was aseriously contemplatinga jailing him. …

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