25 Mar, 2021 @ 20:00
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‘ALL IN A NAME’ as graffiti signatures reveal identities of vandals at historic site on Spain’s Costa Blanca

The Name Game As Graffiti Artist Signature Identifies Historic Monument Vandals On Spain's Costa Blanca

FOUR Alicante graffiti artists will have to pay fines of €1,060 each for damaging a historic building after experts used social media to identify them.

They damaged the 16th century Torre Conde watchtower at San Juan which is protected as a regional cultural asset.

Some of them scrawled their names on the building and police experts with a knowledge of graffiti matching up their scrawls with some social media postings.

The events dated back to June 2016 and the group were convicted of a crime against historical heritage.

Three of them did not let the matter rest and launched an appeal to the Alicante Provincial Court.

They contended that a lower court had made a mistake in assessing the evidence that showed them committing the crime at Torre Conde.

€507 of damage was done at the site and one of the defendants even signed their ‘work’ with his graffiti names of ‘Triqui’ and ‘Birras’, which he used on a social media site.

The Provincial Court ruled that the men had been caught out ‘fair and square’ by the experts and dismissed their appeal.

Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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