A VANDAL who ‘tagged’ about 12 windows of Westow Street businesses causing more than £3,000 worth of damage has been caught on CCTV.
Details of the vandalism were posted on the Virtual Norwood blog by Heather, owner of fortyseven, the hairdressing salon and boutique on Westow Street.
The attacks took place late on Tuesday night and in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
“At least 12 shop windows on Westow Street were tagged with a glass cutter in the name of MONO” said Heather. “He also tagged RIP OFRA on some of them at the same time.
“I know it was a young man as he was captured on CCTV by myself and a couple of other shops
“The police have advised me that every shop has to report any act of vandalism separately, so if you have been unfortunate enough to have been victim of this type of crime especially by the above mentioned individual you should at least report it – one shop has very high definition CCTV images of the perpetrator.
“I have estimated the ‘spree’ by MONO will collectively cost approx £3,000 to £5,000 to clean up. “My own has been estimated at £200 – £300 and I only had one window damaged,
“Business is hard work enough without the additional acts of petty, random vandalism to contend with” she added.
Heather says she has noticed recently there has been an increase in the amount of tagging on glass and walls on the Triangle and would be interested to know the tags and their locations.
Another trader whose shop window was attacked – Fabrice Tuesta of Et pourquoi pas? said: “This person is going to get caught.
“If he wants to come and work with me to pay for the damage I have no problem with that. “He can see how hard all of us work.”
Other victims included the Vietnamese restaurant Urban Orient; Love Bridal; Thornton Springer; the SE19 bar; Acorn estate agents and Way Ahead.
* Heather’s post on Virtual Norwood has attracted several responses including this gem: “I would like to think that MONO stands for Moron On Night Out.”