Graffiti would be an offence under Section 1 of the Criminal Damage Act 1971
We will remove all offensive, racist and sexist graffiti within 2 working days from council-owned structures; where this is not possible it will be obscured.
Contact the City Council on 0191 2787878.
If you live in a council-owned home please contact your Neighbourhood Housing Office who will arrange for this work to be carried out.
Graffiti on private buildings is the responsibility of the owner to remove or obscure. We can provide owners with a quote for this work. Contact the City Council on 0191 2787878.
It is a criminal offence to sell an aerosol paint container to anyone under the age of 16 years. Aerosol paint is often used in graffiti vandalism. By banning the spray paint to under 16 year olds it is hoped that the incidents of graffiti will be reduced.
The Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 (section 54) addresses spray paint graffiti, recognising that graffiti can contribute to the fear of crime. Research has shown that graffiti adds to the degradation of a neighbourhood, affecting people's sense of safety and security.
It is the duty of the City Council's Trading Standards service to enforce the age restriction applicable under the Act. Go to our webpage Spray paints
Without permission of the owner, graffiti is criminal damage. Criminal damage is a crime and should be reported as such; anyone caught committing damage could be arrested.