Two men have narrowly escaped jail for spraying trains with graffiti in Sheffield.
Wesley James Reaney, 33, of Crimicar Lane, Fulwood and Jamie Jones, 37, of Main Street, Grenoside, were part of a group of six men involved in the vandalism of Northern Rail and Freightliner trains who were sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court.
They were caught following a British Transport Police investigation which revealed they had conspired to commit criminal damage against train operating companies between November 2012 and April 2013.
BTP officers found evidence on Reaney’s mobile phone which implicated the others.
Reaney, who admitted two charges of conspiracy to commit graffiti and, was given a four month prison sentence suspended for 18 months, ordered to carry out 40 hours unpaid work and must pay £400 compensation to both companies.
Jones, denied the same charge, but was found guilty following a trial and was handed a four month jail term suspended for 18 months, 50 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £400 to Northern Rail.
Four other men received community orders for their part in the vandalism.
Alex James Cuthbertson, 33, of Causeway Glade, Dore, was handed a 12 month order, 70 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £400 to Freightliner; Dean Tony Widdowson, 37, of Spa View Way, Hackenthorpe, received a 12 month order, 50 hours unpaid work and must pay £400 to Freightliner; Daniel James Carlisle, 41, address unknown, was given a 12 month order, 60 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £400 to Freightliner and Phillip Steven Taylor, 35, of May Tree Lane, Waterthorpe, was handed a 12 month order, 70 hours unpaid work and must pay Northern Rail £400.
DC Lee Parsons, who lead the investigation, said: “A lot of damage was caused by these men with the train operating companies left to pay the price of clearing up the graffiti.”
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