Seen with 30 cans and ‘black book’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

THE court heard how Stan­ley sprayed his in­tri­cate de­signs on trains at sid­ings in Faver­sham, Ash­ford and Folke­stone, as well as build­ings at sta­tions in Manch­ester and Redhill in Sur­rey. Martin Yale, pros­e­cut­ing, said Stan­ley’s graf­fiti tag AMUK had ap­peared on trains and build­ings for a num­ber of years. In March 2006 he was stopped in his car with 50 spray cans. He claimed he was on his way to a le­gal graf­fiti site and no fur­ther ac­tion was taken. Mr Yale said Stan­ley was seen in Ash­ford in April 2008 car­ry­ing a bag of 30 spray cans and a ‘black book’ in which artists planned and sketched their most elab­o­rate work. He ad­mit­ted hav­ing the cans and colours in his pos­ses­sion with the in­ten­tion of de­stroy­ing or dam­ag­ing prop­erty and ac­cepted a for­mal po­lice cau­tion. Stan­ley be­longed to a “crew” known as KYS, mem­bers of which would go out to daub their graf­fiti to­gether.


Po­lice searched Stan­ley’s home and found pho­to­graphs of graf­fiti dam­aged trains. Of­fi­cers also dis­cov­ered about 200 spray cans, satel­lite im­ages of rail­way lines and sta­tions. When ques­tioned by in­ves­ti­ga­tors Stan­ley gave an­swers of ‘no com­ment’ to all ques­tions posed. Dam­age was caused to trains in sid­ings at Faver­sham, Chart Lea­con, Ash­ford, and Folke­stone, as well as build­ings at Holmthorpe sub-sta­tion in Redhill and a cabin at Manch­ester sta­tion. Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice have re­fused to re­lease im­ages of the dam­age done for fear of pub­li­cis­ing graf­fiti.

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