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Worthing man held over Rothko graffiti

A man who claimed responsibility for writing on a Mark Rothko painting at London's Tate Modern gallery has been arrested in Sussex on suspicion of causing criminal damage.

Vladimir Umanets, 26, was arrested in Worthing by Sussex Police on behalf of officers from Scotland Yard last night.

He was held at a Sussex Police station before being transferred to the capital for questioning hours after explaining his actions.

A man was seen to daub on the Rothko mural on Sunday afternoon before fleeing the gallery.

Yesterday, Umanets, originally from Russia, said he was responsible for writing on the painting.

The wording on the bottom-right corner of the piece appears to read: "Vladimir Umanets, A Potential Piece of Yellowism."