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Hull police charge 4 with vandalizing historic site

Hull, MA 6/18/07 The tower at Ft. Revere overlooking Boston Light and the Brewster Islands on Monday June 18, 2007.(Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff Photo) Library Tag 07052007
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The tower at Fort Revere in Hull overlooking Boston Harbor.

Hull police arrested four people on two days recently on charges related to spray-painted graffiti at Fort Revere atop Telegraph Hill at the far end of the peninsula.

Police Chief John Dunn said the arrests showed that police are cracking down on vandalism — including such “tagging” — at the historic site, which officers now patrol regularly.

“Fort Revere is hallowed ground, as it serves as a burial ground for French soldiers who died assisting our nation in the American Revolution,” Dunn said in a news release. “We will not tolerate the desecration of this site. If you tag or vandalize at Fort Revere, we will arrest you.”

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Three teenagers from West Bridgewater were arrested Aug. 24 after state and local police responded to a report of tagging at Fort Revere. The 18-year-olds were found holding cans of spray paint and were charged with malicious destruction of property, according to the Hull police report.

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The teens were released on $40 cash bail, pending arraignment in Hingham District Court.

A fourth person was arrested in a similar but unrelated incident Aug. 25. Police said they stopped the 20-year-old Cohasset woman’s vehicle near the fort and charged her after finding paint and paintbrushes that matched a can of blue paint at the fort — and blue paint on her hands. She was released on personal recognizance, pending arraignment.

Graffiti has long been a problem at the isolated site, and volunteers have been working to clean up Fort Revere. In July, they spread about 60 gallons of paint over graffiti on the walls of the Colonial-era seacoast fortification.

Hull, MA 6/18/07 (l to r) Molly Reagan (cq), 10, Amanda Blake (cq), 21, Maggie Reagan (cq), 13, and Beth Reagan (cq), 13, enjoying the view and a snack as they sit perched on the walls at Ft. Revere overlooking Boston Light and the Islands on Monday June 18, 2007.(Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff Photo) Library Tag 07052007
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Young people enjoying the view and a snack perched on a wall at Fort Revere in Hull.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com