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A 19-year-old man has been charged over a major graffiti spree in Alstonville, Lismore and Evans Heads last month which police say caused more than $10,000 damage.

Police say areas around the Alstonville CBD and plaza areas last month were spray-painted with the word ‘YEDY’, a tag also found at multiple locations in Lismore and Evans Head.

The man was arrested yesterday morning (Wednesday) after detectives executed a search warrant at a house in Kyla Street, Alstonville.

He was taken to Ballina police station, where he was charged with 15 offences, including 11 counts of damaging property, possessing a graffiti implement, drug possession and goods in custody, and bailed conditionally to appear before Ballina Local Court on Thursday, 11 June.

Police estimate damage to the premises at Alstonville at more than $10,000.

They say that more than 100 further ‘YEDY’ tags were identified in the three towns.

Target Action Group officers attached to the Richmond Local Area Command are continuing their investigation into the incidents and have urged anyone with information to contact Ballina police on 6681 8699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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  1. Damned fine piece of police work! We’ve been speculating on who ‘YEDY’ might be, wrongly blaming the 13 year olds and asking ‘what are the parents thinking of, allowing their kids out late at night’.

    We were all wrong, it was a 19 year old male living amongst us. I hope the judge makes an example out of this idiot.


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