Reward to find graffiti vandals offered by Leicester City Council
Posters are to be put up on buses as part of an appeal for help tracing the vandals behind the two most widespread graffiti tags in Leicester.
Leicester City Council is offering a £500 reward for information which leads to convictions of those behind the designs "Kase" and "SO 12".
Both designs began appearing last summer, initially in the Saffron Lane area, but then spread across the city.
Posters which show the two tags were put up in shop windows across the city last month.
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Now, Arriva has agreed to display the posters in its buses.
Barbara Whitcombe, manager of the council's city wardens, said: "Since we launched our appeal we've had five people put forward the same name for Kase and we are investigating that, but we're still waiting for something on SO 12.
"We are also starting to get people ringing up with information about other tags and we are working on those, too, which is very positive.
"Arriva has agreed to put some posters in its buses to help get the message out, as its buses have been affected.
"We're hoping that having the posters on the buses will help bring more information in."
Keith Myatt, of Arriva, confirmed the company had agreed to display the city council's posters in order to assist the campaign.
Mr Myatt said: "We have had graffiti on some of our buses and we remove it fast as it appears."
Since the summer the council has spent more than £30,000 removing the designs from more than 2,500 buildings, phone kiosks, postboxes and vehicles.
It expects the clean-up bill to reach £100,000 by the summer if the culprits are not caught.
Private companies and residents are believed to have spent a similar sum.
Assistant mayor Councillor Sarah Russell said the tactic of offering a reward appeared to be working. She said: "There are other prolific taggers as well as Kase and SO 12 and we are beginning to get information about those.
"We want people to report these things as soon as they see them.
"We are building up files on where and when these things are appearing.
"When we catch someone we want to be able to tell the courts exactly how prolific they have been across the city and how much the clean-ups costs have been.
"That would mean these people would be dealt with for a number of offences, rather than a one-off."
Anyone with information about the people responsible can contact the city wardens team on 0116 252 6430.
All calls can be treated as confidential.