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Barnsley Vandal Jailed After Graffiti Spree

Friday September 5 2014




A NOTORIOUS Barnsley graffiti vandal has been jailed for 18 months for causing £90,000 of damage.

Simon Sunderland, 41, originally known as 'Fista', daubed his new 'bloodaxe' tag at locations in Sheffield, Rotherham and Chesterfield, Sheffield Crown Court was told.

Formerly of Dovedale, Worsbrough Bridge, but now living in Sharrow View, Sheffield, Sunderland admitted causing criminal damage.

Det Insp Mick Jackson, of British Transport Police, said: "Some people consider graffiti to be art, but in reality it's nothing more than selfish vandalism.

"It not only scars the railway environment but contributes to the fear of crime and costs operators thousands of pounds in equipment downtime as well as cleaning."

Sunderland’s criminal record for graffiti first saw him convicted in 1990. Other convictions followed in 1991, 1992 and 1996, when he was jailed for five years.

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Reply Posted by John Baxter on Friday September 5 2014 at 13:23
Amateur

Reply Posted by FREEFISTA on Sunday November 2 2014 at 11:33
says the guy that basically bit his style...

Reply Posted by RotheschilD on Friday September 5 2014 at 13:48
"Some people consider grafiti to be art, but in reality it's nothing more than selfish vandalism." What a ridiculous statement. I used to travel to Sheffield on the train everyday and i enjoyed seeing the paintings as you pull into Sheffield, i'd rather see something colourful and crafted than a blank wall! 18 months is scandalous for painting inoffensive stuff on walls next to railway sidings!! And the 90K spent cleaning them off is even more ridiculous!! Get a grip!! What's Banksy guna get when they find out who he is? His stuff is worth money, so he'll be celebrated not locked up.

Reply Posted by banksy on Friday September 5 2014 at 14:31
You can't mention Sunderland and me in the same sentence please.

Reply Posted by cheryl on Friday September 5 2014 at 13:48
18 months for spraying some paint. Drug dealers,thieves and burglars get less what is our justice system all about

Reply Posted by banksy on Friday September 5 2014 at 13:49
You'll never be in my league ,mindless graffiti from someone who needs to rethink there direction in the field of art.

Reply Posted by Shavaune on Friday September 5 2014 at 14:18
What does that graffiti mean on the half built building on new street ? What language is it? Anybody??

Reply Posted by Daz on Friday September 5 2014 at 14:22
Good riddence, another idiot that has been making our town look a mess, more needs to be done to counter Vandals and Graffiti scumbags in Barnsley and hopefully this sends out a message to all the other low borns who have respect for nothing.

Reply Posted by ET on Friday September 5 2014 at 17:20
Why wasn't he fined and made to clean some of it off he will be laughing all the way to his cell. Its a farce!!

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Friday September 5 2014 at 17:38
because he was sent to jail, cant you read dumb nuts

Reply Posted by paul on Friday September 5 2014 at 17:52
It seems Banksy is a good artist but almost illiterate! You mean 'their' direction I presume?

Reply Posted by Oliver CromwelI on Friday September 5 2014 at 19:39
Art is in the eye of the beholder, vanity vanity all is vanity, everybody will be famous for 15 minutes. These are quotes from great artists, I suppose he's had his 15 mins.

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Friday September 5 2014 at 22:29
Have you found your head yet.

Reply Posted by Barnsley K on Friday September 5 2014 at 19:56
41 and still spending time scrawling juvenile squiggles on walls. Here's an idea.......get a job! It seems like desperate attention seeking and narcissistic to want everyone to have to see your unsightly tags. Bloodaxe? Pathetic, grow up.

Reply Posted by Having Alaugh on Friday September 5 2014 at 19:58
Since the Cave man, graffiti has been around, ask guido. Old knuckle dragger

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Friday September 5 2014 at 22:20
Yes you re right I can remember seeing the carving in the pavement at ephasis in turkey by a Roman showing how to get to the brothel..

Reply Posted by worsbrough on Saturday September 6 2014 at 01:21
Free fista! Hes an artist love the man one of the best graffiti artist ive seen and all you say graffiti is wrong why?

Reply Posted by anon on Saturday September 6 2014 at 08:38
You @worsbrough are the ultimate twerp!

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Saturday September 6 2014 at 11:34
You anon@ I bet it took you ages to think of that user name.. whos the twerp now.

Reply Posted by Anon on Saturday September 6 2014 at 14:25
Guido is who's a twerp then eh who's a twerp ? Does twerpy want a biscuit

Reply Posted by worsbrough on Saturday September 6 2014 at 18:24
@anon your the twerp nobody elses but yourself I suggest they hire you to clean the town up

Reply Posted by anon on Saturday September 6 2014 at 19:06
Mmm, I remember our last posts @worsbrough. You really should try education. It might help you grow up.

Reply Posted by worsbrough on Saturday September 6 2014 at 20:46
@anon I really think you need to focus more on yourself and not others maybe you will stop takeing everything in life so serious just because I cant be bovad to put full stops and capital letters anywhere might make me grow up are you as stupid as your name?

Reply Posted by anon on Saturday September 6 2014 at 20:51
Just feeling sorry for you mate that's all.

Reply Posted by anon on Saturday September 6 2014 at 21:16
I've not slated anybody, I'm not old and I don't do Bingo.

Reply Posted by Enjoys Seeing Graffiti on Sunday September 7 2014 at 15:13
I have been seeing his work for years and actually enjoy it. The quote that is selfish and it intimidates ppl is stupid, companies are now spending thousands getting artists like him to deliberately paint graffiti on their walls. Hope Fista is around for many more yrs to come

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Sunday September 7 2014 at 15:37
if companies are paying thousands to have graffiti painted, WHY doesn't he apply to them and do something useful instead of mindless/ childish vandalism.. 41 yrs old time he grow up

Reply Posted by Ronald Mcdonald on Tuesday September 9 2014 at 08:50
Im lovin' it

Reply Posted by me on Tuesday September 9 2014 at 09:47
18 months in prison for graffiti and the next story on here 18 months suspended sentence for killing someone justice?????