Criminal damage is defined as deliberately or recklessly destroying or damaging someone else’s home, building, vehicle or other items.
Vandalism and graffiti are criminal damage. Graffiti includes painting, writing, soiling, marking and defacing property.
A fixed penalty notice of £50 can be issued by our enforcement officers for minor offences. The Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003 gives local authorities greater powers to tackle this problem.
The council can issue graffiti removal notices to organisations such as railway operators and those responsible for street furniture. If graffiti is not removed within 28 days, we have the authority to remove it and reclaim the costs.