A MAN has admitted daubing his graffiti tag more than 80 times across Brighton city centre.

The 22-year-old, who police are refusing to name, was arrested after a sharp eyed CCTV operator spotted him spray painting his tag LABR across various shop buildings in North Street in the early hours on 3 April.

Detectives and prevention officers worked with the Brighton and Hove Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) and the Brighton and Hove Graffiti team to investigate.

Detective Sergeant Joe Jardine said: "The tag in question – the letters LABR – was prevalent across Brighton city centre. With the help of our partners, we identified 81 individual tags and numerous separate crimes were recorded.

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"The suspect who had been released under investigation was re-arrested, his home searched and additional evidence seized.

"Once confronted with the evidence, including a spreadsheet of tags across the city - he admitted responsibility for all of these tags."

Kylie Wroe, BCRP Nightsafe Manager said: "Graffiti is a serious problem in a city that receives 11 million visitors a year.

"Furthermore, it is a serious problem for the residents that live in the city.

"We were proud to work with our partners to address this issue and make Brighton and Hove a pleasant place to live, work and visit."

The man, who was not known to police, accepted a conditional caution, which included doing a day of unpaid work for the city council as part of a community payback scheme.