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Police have arrested an alleged graffiti menace who tags himself “Sire” and who has been defacing the city’s trains before racing to platforms and filming them as they go through stations.
Council worker Daniel Mills, 35, is the eighth man arrested in the past two months in a graffiti crackdown by the Police Transport Command Target Action Group.
A police picture of the graffiti allegedly painted by Daniel Mills - who tags himself Sire.Officers have been searching for the man behind the “Sire” tag after it started appearing on trains in December. It is understood Mills is also being investigated for defacing Melbourne trains as well.
He faces nine charges bringing to 116 the total charges laid against all 8 men, of whom the youngest is 24, as police said it was not just about spraying paint. Drugs and weapons have been seized at the home of at least one of the other vandals, a 44-year-old from Punchbowl.
Daniel Mills, 35, has been charged with nine counts of vandalism which cost $30,312 to clean up. He is pictured leaving his Newtown home on Friday. Picture John GraingerMills was freed on conditional bail at Newtown Local Court on Thursday.
Police will allege he was involved in spraying graffiti on moving and stationary trains 15 times between December last year and May including by breaking into stabling yards, leaving a $30,312 cleaning bill.
The investigation into “Sire” began when the graffiti was reported at railway stations across the greater Sydney region including Kingsgrove, Port Kembla, Blacktown and Eveleigh.
Alleged graffiti vandal Daniel Mills (far left) being arrested on Thursday July 9. Image supplied by NSW Police.Mills, of Newtown, has been charged with five counts of destroying or damaging property in company, three counts of going onto or remaining on train lines and entering enclosed land not prescribed premises without lawful excuse.
This article first appeared on www.dailytelegraph.com.au
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