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Professor found guilty of polite graffiti

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A university professor has been convicted of scrawling polite graffiti on luxury cars.

Stephen Graham, who specialises in cities and urban life at Newcastle University, pleaded guilty to all of the damage.

Professor Stephen Graham who is charged with causing almost £18,000 of damage to luxury cars which had polite graffiti scratched on them

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[Professor Stephen Graham]

The 47-year-old used a screwdriver to scrawl phrases like "very silly", "really wrong" and "arbitrary" onto the cars in Jesmond, Newcastle.

The damaged cars' makes included Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Volvo and Audi.

Mr Graham previously blamed a bad reaction to alcohol, antibiotics and prescription drugs for his odd behaviour and said he could not remember what happened.

Julian Smith, who was defending him, said: "He has no recollection of the course of events that night."

Judge James Gos QC said Graham would be sentenced on February 25 to give time for pre-sentence reports to be carried out.

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