Reward offered to catch taggers in Leicester

The reward poster
Image caption It is thought just a few people are behind the two tags

A reward is being offered to catch vandals who have daubed up to 2,500 graffiti "tags" across a city.

Council officials have spent about £28,000 cleaning the symbols SO 12 and Kase from homes, shops and walls in Leicester.

The practice is known as tagging and it is believed just a few people are behind these two signs.

Now £500 is on offer for information which leads to a prosecution - the first reward of its kind.

Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor, said the vandals behind these tags were becoming "increasingly prolific".

She added: "It's becoming difficult for us and for businesses to bear the cost of constantly removing these tags.

"We have never offered a reward of this kind before. Given the scale and cost of the problem, we feel we need to try something new to encourage people to come forward with information."

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