THE man who caused outrage by defecating in public has seemingly apologised… in brown pen.

Environment enforcement want to speak to the mystery man after a video captured the shocking moment he emptied his bowels on a Brighton city centre wall.

Now it seems the perpetrator has returned to the scene of the crime to daub the walls with yet another brown substance – an apology in brown marker pen.

“The shi***r was not homeless,” the graffiti, which is understood to have appeared on Monday night, states.

“Sorry though,” it adds.

The Argus:

The public defecation in Frederick Gardens is punishable under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

This has led Brighton and Hove City Council to pursue the man with its environmental enforcement officers.

If the man is identified, last Tuesday’s incident is punishable by a £75 fine.

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In the video, filmed at about 7am, the man in a purple shirt and beige hat can be seen arriving.

He then puts a can down on the floor before dropping his trousers.

The act take less than a second, but was carried out opposite residential properties.

Appalled resident Chris Hayes contacted the council’s cleaning department at 11am Tuesday.

However it was not cleaned up until later that week, he said.

Readers reacted online to the shocking video.

“For a minute I thought it was the work of Banksy, but he wouldn’t go that low to make a point about pop up cycle lanes,” one said.

Many readers pointed to the lack of public toilets in the city as a potential excuse for being “caught short”.

One reader said: “Obviously caught short and with hardly any public toilets who can blame him.”

Another wrote: “Perhaps if there were more public toilets... just a thought Brighton and Hove Council?”

Spitting, urinating or defecating in public are all punishable by a £75 on-the-spot fine.

The council expanded its fining scheme, which was previously reserved for litter-bugs, graffiti and dog mess, last year.

At the time, then chairwoman of the council’s environment, transport and sustainability committee, Anne Pissaridou, said: “Spitting, urinating and defecating are regarded by a vast majority of people as antisocial habits and can have a number of dangerous health implications.

“With a rise in these activities coupled with a surge in the number of complaints we receive, we want to make it clear that this behaviour will not be tolerated.”

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