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17 November 2011, 06:00
Police involved in an operation to tackle graffiti have given Capital photos of the most common tags sprayed on property in Derbyshire to try and catch those responsible.
Officers in Derby, south Derbyshire and Erewash have set up Operation Quigley to catch vandals and to urge shopkeepers not to sell spray paint to youngsters.
Now the force has published the six most commonly seen tags on the Caught on Camera section of the police website and are appealing for people to get in touch if they know who is behind the graffiti.
As part of the operation, police are working with local councils to identify those responsible for graffiti and they are also visiting shops, reminding staff that it's an offence to sell spray paint cans to anyone under 16.
Acting Sergeant Richard Jones, who is running the operation, said:
"I'm sure many residents living in Derby and south Derbyshire would have seen these tags sprayed on walls and fences, spoiling the community."
"We're now urging anyone who knows who is behind these tags to come forward and speak to us in confidence. We want to work with residents to help clamp down on graffiti and improve neighbourhoods for everyone."
Operation Quigley runs until November 21. Anyone with information should call police on the new 101 non-emergency number or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.