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  Kids taught graffiti to stop street crime
Updated 05 August 2002, 15.43
15-year-old Wade paints his own design on a van
By Shelley Flacks in Birmingham
CBBC Newsround Online


Children in Birmingham are being taught how to do graffiti.

It's to show them how graffiti, or aerosol art as the legal version is known, should be done properly.

  Click here for pics of the art

Painting the van
Charity Free At Last is running it backed by a government scheme to prevent street crime.

The kids can learn graffiti as a skill rather than getting bored and hanging around.

Beautiful bus

So the 11-15-year-olds have been working with expert David Fenton to transform a double-decker bus and a van into works of art.

The bus will become a mobile recording studio so DJs and decks were the theme.

  David's top spraying tips! Click here


Fourteen-year-old Crystal liked it so much she said: "Maybe my Dad will let me do it on his car!"

And 15-year-old Leon said there's no point graffiti'ing anywhere illegal: "Do it somewhere it'll look good!"

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