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After an on-going investigation conducted by Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Owen Sound Police Service, a 16 year old Municipality of Meaford youth is charged with a total of five counts of mischief under $5,000. in relation to several incidents of graffiti throughout the area including in the City of Owen Sound.

The accused was responsible for applying graffiti to buildings, structures and property located at Hibou Conservation Area, Ainslie Wood Conservation Area, Inglis Falls Conservation Area as well as the Leith Bridge and the Leith Water System Re-Chlorination Station located on County Road 15, in the Municipality of Meaford. 

He is scheduled to appear in the Youth Justice Court in Owen Sound on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.   

The OPP says that graffiti is any writing, symbols or drawing applied to any surface without the property owner’s consent. 

"Graffiti negatively impacts a community’s beautification.  The removal or repair costs can be expensive, but it must be removed.  Graffiti left unchallenged suggests a community that is apathetic about its appearance and most often leads to more graffiti being applied," said police.