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Criminal Damage and Arson

What is it?

The offence of criminal damage involves damaging or destroying the property of others and is covered in law by the Criminal Damage Act 1971.

The offence of criminal damage involves someone without lawful excuse:


The Criminal Damage Act also states that where the criminal damage is caused by a fire, the offence will be treated as arson

Where can I get help or further information?

If the criminal damage is in progress, dial 999 immediately.

You can report instances of criminal damage on the police website or by calling 101.