By day, he was a £60,000-a-year surveyor – but at night he led a crime gang’s £250,000 ‘orgy of destruction’.
K*** H*** led a secret life as one of Britain’s most prolific graffiti vandals, daubing his distinctive ‘Vamp’ tag on trains, railway bridges and a bank.
His gang, the PS Crew, posed as Network Rail workers to get on to tracks and forced scores of trains out of service during a seven-year campaign across the south-east of England, a court heard.
H***, 32, used an A to Z street guide to mark all the locations he attacked. It helped him evade police for six years.
When he was rumbled in 2009, and released under police caution, the father of two posted videos on YouTube showing a mixed race man spraying his tag – it derailed the investigation for another year, a court heard.
H***, of Sidcup, Kent, was jailed for three-and-a-half years after being convicted of 39 incidents of criminal damage and perverting the course of justice.
Sentencing him at Blackfriars crown court in London, Judge Deva Pillay said: ‘These attacks were so prolific they could justly be described as occurring on an industrial scale.’
Holmes’s crime spree started in 2003, when he attacked the Bluebell Railway in Uckfield, East Sussex, and his tag was found in Ibiza.
Prosecutor James Murray-Smith said: ‘We’re not talking about images by Banksy, but damage the majority of the public see as tediousand depressing.’
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