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Professor to be sentenced for 'very silly' graffiti

Professor Stephen Graham Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

A university professor will be sentenced today for scratching polite graffiti on luxury cars causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Stephen Graham, who had been drinking, admitted attacking the cars, which included a Mercedes and an Audi, near his home in Newcastle last August.

He used a screwdriver to scratch the words "very silly", "really wrong" and "arbitrary" onto cars, among other messages.

The 47-year-old, who works at the city's university as an expert in cities and society, admitted four counts and asked for 23 similar offences to be taken into consideration when he appeared in January at Newcastle Crown Court.

It was said he had no recollection of what happened, although at a previous hearing he blamed a bad reaction to alcohol, antibiotics and prescription drugs for his behaviour.

Graffiti artist puts final touches to giant mural in Brazil

The Brazilian graffiti artist Eduardo Kobra is putting the finishing touches to a giant mural in the financial district of Sao Paolo in southern Brazil.

Brazilian graffiti artist Kobra puts the final touches to his mural Credit: REUTERS/Nacho Doce

The piece of art pays tribute to the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer who died last month. His buildings include the United Nations building in New York and his country's futuristic capital Brasilia.

The mural portrays the late Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer Credit: REUTERS/Nacho Doce
The graffiti work is in the financial district of Sao Paulo Credit: REUTERS/Nacho Doce