DEFACED: Some of the vandals’ handiwork at the Woolworth’s service station (main photo) and on the Southern Downs Regional Council library window. The alleged offenders were caught on CCTV camera footage and one youth is due to appear in Warwick Children’s Court next week.
DEFACED: Some of the vandals’ handiwork at the Woolworth’s service station (main photo) and on the Southern Downs Regional Council library window. The alleged offenders were caught on CCTV camera footage and one youth is due to appear in Warwick Children’s Court next week. Candyce Braithwaite

CCTV watches on as vandalism spree hits church

PARTS of Warwick were painted black on Wednesday night, when a vandal splashed his graffiti tag across signs, businesses and even a church.

Fortunately for the victims, the Rose City's new CCTV system chaperoned the offender and his group of friends as they made their way through their hit list.

The footage was reviewed by police and provided investigators with a clear view of the vandal in action.

Warwick Police acting officer in charge Shane Reid said police spotted a group of youths in the Warwick CBD 10.45pm on Wednesday night.

Officers spoke the group and noticed one of the youths had a can of paint on them, which police allege was used to scrawl the word "kudos" throughout the CBD.

Shortly after speaking with the youths, police were able to review the CCTV for clues on who was responsible.

"The (alleged) offender was very visible on five cameras and we were able to track where they had been and where other offences had been committed," Acting Senior Sergeant Reid said.

"A 16-year-old male was arrested and charged with 22 counts of wilful damage by graffiti and one of possessing a graffiti instrument.

"He has been released on bail and is due to appear in the Warwick Children's Court on September 23."

Although it isn't a huge problem in Warwick, Act Snr Sgt Reid said there were regular spates of graffiti in Warwick and urged people to report the "kudos" tag, or any other graffiti in town.

"It is inconvenient and annoying for businesses and residents to have to clean up graffiti and if anyone spots graffiti that hasn't been reported, we ask that they call us or Policelink.

To report graffiti, phone 4660 4444 or 131 444.



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