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Sidcup graffiti artist jailed after seven year destruction spree

PUBLISHED: 16:12 17 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:26 18 June 2013

Kristian Holmes

Kristian Holmes

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Sidcup graffiti artist Kristian Holmes has been sentenced to three and a half years in jail today following a seven-year spree across Britain.

The 32-year-old, of Ellison Road, was part of the PS crew who targeted trains, including the world-famous Bluebell Railway, from 2003 to 2010.

He was convicted on April 12 at Blackfriars Crown Court of 39 counts of criminal damage and one of perverting the course of justice.

The accounts manager was first arrested outside Cafe 1001 in Brick Lane in July 2009, but he claimed he was just looking at the graffiti. He was released without charge despite having three spray cans on him.

But Holmes’ then-house in Kirkland Close was raided and an array of graffiti gear was found by British Transport Police officers, including spray cans and nozzles, high visibility jackets, cameras and right-hand gloves.

Another member of the graffiti gang, 29-year-old Matthew Mandell, was sentenced to nine months in jail and given a five-year Asbo for criminal damage in 2010.

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