Vandal spared jail over toilet graffiti
A 22-year-old vandal who caused more than £3,000 worth of damage during a graffiti spree in Bath city centre has been spared jail.
Joseph Dyke, of Bloomfield Road, appeared at Bath Magistrates' Court for sentencing after pleading guilty to 14 charges of criminal damage, which all took place on June 13 and 14 this year.
He was caught red-handed after staff at the Green Park Tavern, in Lower Bristol Road, spotted graffiti in the men's toilets and then noticed Dyke had black paint on his fingers.
After his arrest, police were able to match his design in the pub to a number of other drawings on buildings throughout the centre of Bath.
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He had been warned that a prison sentence was a possibility, because of a previous similar conviction back in 2009, involving 49 graffiti offences.
However, magistrates instead decided to impose a community order, which included Dyke being placed on curfew and wearing an electronic tag.
He also had to pay £150 compensation to the Green Park Tavern.
The rest of the vandalism was cleaned up by Bath and North East Somerset Council.