A TEENAGER has been arrested in connection with a spate of alleged vandalism in Darlington.

Spray paint appeared earlier this week, on several buildings, including the indoor market and the Yorkshire Bank in the town centre.

The buildings were defaced with accusations written in various colours.

A spokesperson for Durham Constabulary said on Friday: “An 18-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of this morning in connection with the incidents. He was also arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

“He remains in police custody.

“Damaging property with graffiti is a criminal offence under the Criminal Damage act 1971 and this type of anti-social behaviour is not tolerated.”

Darlington Borough Council cleaned the affected areas and were yesterday working to remove the last traces in the town.

Workers from Yorkshire Bank also removed the graffiti and applied paint stripping gel to the bank and spraying the area with a pressure washer.

Shoppers expressed their concerns about the vandalism and many Darlington residents took to a community Facebook group to share their frustration.