Sentenced rail graffiti vandals may be put to work on cleanup crew

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A JUDGE suggested yesterday that two graffiti vandals who caused around £14,000 in damage to trains and trackside equipment across West Yorkshire should be made to clean up similar anti-social behaviour as part of their punishment.

Paul Scott and David Broadbent took photographs of their activity and boasted about their exploits on Facebook. They were part of a so-called graffiti crew which carried out a spate of attacks at locations including Huddersfield, Leeds, Brighouse, Bramley and Skipton.

Judge John Potter conceded that he had no control over what work Broadbent, now 20, and Scott, 18, of Tyersal Avenue, Bradford, would undertake.

Broadbent, of Brook Street, Brighouse, admitted causing criminal damage to nine trains and five trackside locations. His co-defendant Scott, who was 16 at the time, admitted damage charges relating to two trains and 13 trackside locations.

Broadbent was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court to 10 months custody but Judge Potter suspended that term for 18 months. But he said he would have to do 300 hours unpaid work for the community. Scott was given a 12-month community order including 150 hours unpaid work and compensation order of £500.