Criminal Damage Act 1971

‘A person who, without lawful excuse, destroys or damages any property belonging to another, intending to destroy or damage any such property or being reckless as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged shall be guilty of an offence.’

In a museum context examples of criminal damage may be scratching initials on a statue with a nail or other sharp implement, spraying items with corrosive substance, spraying slogans with aerosol cans, arson or smashing cases to steal objects.

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Date created: 1971

Author: UK Government