Search on for graffiti artist

POLICE are hunting an elusive graffiti artist responsible for a spate of crimes across Ipswich.The vandal goes by the label 'JS' and has been responsible for at least 20 separate doodles in the last month.

POLICE are hunting an elusive graffiti artist responsible for a spate of crimes across Ipswich.

The vandal goes by the label 'JS' and has been responsible for at least 20 separate doodles in the last month.

Evidence of JS' presence has turned up outside various addresses on cars, bins and even on a front door.

In May, JS appeared scrawled into the soft-top roof a convertible Saab in Weymouth Road, Ipswich and last week a garden wall in Nelson Street had the letters daubed on it in black paint.


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As recently as Sunday, the familiar moniker and other indecipherable words were sprayed on to a front garden wall with green paint in St Johns Road, Ipswich.

JS' favourite spot seems to be Weymouth Road where no less than seven instances of graffiti have been reported to police. And the etcher's repertoire isn't limited to simple initials.

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The articulate phrase “UR BING WATCHED” has also appeared next to the signature alongside a child-like sketch of a CCTV camera.

Police have distributed photographs of the graffiti and letters appealing for help with their enquiries to houses in the area. They have also been in contact with Northgate, Copleston and St Alban's high schools and Suffolk New College, in an attempt to gather more information.

A police spokeswoman said: “Although we have heard about more than 20 incidents, it is likely that more have occurred but not been reported.

“We want to identify the person responsible and make this stop because there have already been too many victims who have to pay to put right the damage.

We are heavily reliant on the public and someone out there must know a person with the initials JS who they think may be responsible.”

Police advised anyone who is targeted by JS, or any other graffiti artist, to report it to them and take a photograph as evidence.

Anyone with any information which may help police with their enquiries can call PC Cobi Coupland at the Central Ipswich Safer Neighbourhood Team on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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