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UK Resident Allegedly Filmed Defacing the Colosseum, Italian Police Say

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Italian authorities confirmed on Thursday that they suspect the individual caught on camera last week etching his and a presumed partner’s name into the historic Roman Colosseum, to be a tourist currently residing in the UK.

The suspect was identified through photo analysis, according to a press release from the Italian Carabinieri. However, the released statement did not divulge the suspect’s name or location, and when contacted, the police were unable to provide any additional details.

In response to the incident, where the tourist inscribed “Ivan+Haley 23” into the Colosseum wall, Italian officials pledged to locate and penalize the perpetrator, citing previous cases where similar acts have attracted substantial fines.

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The miscreant was captured on film by an American tourist, Ryan Lutz from Orange, California. Lutz shared the video on social media after claiming the Colosseum guards dismissed his footage.

This incident marks the fourth reported act of graffiti at the Colosseum this year, an offense that could result in a fine of up to $15,000 and a prison term of five years.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about tourist defacing Colosseum

Q: Who is the suspect filmed carving his name on the Colosseum?

A: The suspect is believed to be a tourist residing in Britain, according to Italian police.

Q: How was the suspect identified?

A: The suspect was identified through photographic comparisons conducted by the Italian Carabinieri.

Q: Are there any details about the suspect’s name or whereabouts?

A: The press release from Italian police did not disclose the suspect’s name or location, and further information could not be provided when contacted.

Q: What actions will be taken against the tourist who defaced the Colosseum?

A: Italian officials have vowed to find and punish the tourist, as defacing the Colosseum is considered a crime that carries hefty fines.

Q: Has this kind of graffiti occurred before at the Colosseum?

A: Yes, this incident marks at least the fourth reported case of graffiti at the Colosseum this year, with previous cases resulting in significant fines.

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