CCTV appeal: Teenagers spray illegal graffiti over Bear Pit walls

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Police want anyone who recognises the people pictured to get in contact

The Bear Pit in Bristol city centre has been blighted by teenagers spraying graffiti over walls over two periods of time - police have released images of people they wish to speak to in connection with the offences.

Avon and Somerset Police say a group of teenagers targeted the area, also known as St James Barton Roundabout, between January 11 and 23, and then again on February 4. The criminal damage has cost Bristol City Council several thousands of pounds to continuously repair.

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Inspector Richard Jones said: “Criminal damage is a mindless act and we will pursue offenders. There is a big difference between legal street art which is designed to brighten and inspire a community, and illegal graffiti which only damages the area.

“We are keen to speak to the people photographed as we believe they have important information which will aid our investigation.”

Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member with responsibility for waste and graffiti, said: “Too many walls and structures in Bristol are now blighted by illegal graffiti which costs the council and other property owners hundreds of thousands of pounds every year to clean. Last year alone, the Big Tidy removed 1,500 tags.

The nine people police want to identify in connection with graffitiThe nine people police want to identify in connection with graffiti
The nine people police want to identify in connection with graffiti | Avon and Somerset Police

“It really is not OK for people to feel that they can commit criminal damage in the Bearpit or anywhere else in our city for that matter. Like all decent Bristolians, we know that this behaviour is unacceptable and want it to stop.”

Anyone with information, or can identify the individuals in the photos, should contact 101 and quote reference 5223027797.

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