Seen with 30 cans and ‘black book’
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.