criminal damage

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The offence of intentionally or recklessly destroying or damaging any property belonging to another without a lawful excuse (Criminal Damage Act 1971 s 1). It is punishable by up to ten years' imprisonment. There is also an aggravated offence, punishable by a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, of damaging property (even one's own) in such a way as to endanger someone's life, either intentionally or recklessly. Related offences are those of threatening to destroy or damage property and of possessing anything with the intention of destroying or damaging property with it. See also arson.

Subjects: Law.

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