Train vandal to pay £1,290 compensation

GRAFFITI: The train at Wick vandalised by German woman M R

BRITISH Transport Police yesterday welcomed the £1,290 compensation penalty imposed on a German woman for spray painting graffiti on the side of a train carriage in the far north.

Arts graduate M R, 26, appeared from custody at Wick Sheriff Court on Wednesday when she admitted carrying out the offence with an accomplice at Wick Station in September last year.

Fiscal depute David Barclay said the graffiti was not “mindless”, but involved intricate artwork.

Honorary Sheriff Murray Lamont admonished R, from Hanover, but ordered her to pay £1,290 towards First ScotRail’s clean-up costs.

Yesterday Constable Stephen Hughes, of BTP, said: “This sentence sends out the clear message that vandalism and criminality on the rail network in Scotland will not be tolerated.”

The £1,290 compensation order represents half the clean-up cost borne by First Scotrail.

R, of 14 A C, Manchester, had not guilty pleas accepted to similar charges at Edinburgh, Motherwell and Glasgow stations.

from http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/

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