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Criminal damage

Criminal damage can range from vandalising bus shelters, throwing eggs at cars, throwing items at windows and forcing entry into a house can all be seen as forms of criminal damage.

Graffiti can be classed as illegal unless the owner of the building gives you permission, this falls under the category of criminal damage and can lead to a fine or even imprisonment.

It could also affect the value or the lives of those in the neighbourhood. For example if someone was to have graffiti put on to the wall of their house, it could make the owner feel nervous, as if they are being targeted deliberately, it could also affect the property if they were trying to sell it.

Did you know:

  • Under 16's are not permitted to buy aerosol paint cans
  • Local authorities can issue fixed penalty notices for offences such as graffiti
  •  Local authorities are responsible for cleaning it up from public buildings and fixtures. They can also clean it from private buildings and can bill the owner for the work
  •  Graffiti should be initially reported to the local authority
  • Arson is criminal damage by fire.