We will remove all offensive, racist and sexist graffiti within 2 working days from council structures; where this is not possible it will be obscured. Graffiti on private buildings will be obscured. If you live in a council owned home please contact your Neighbourhood Housing Office who will arrange for this work to be carried out.

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) and the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill 2004 (Part 4 section 32) 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 every local authority to enforce this section of the Act and at least once in every period of 12 months carry out a programme of enforcement in relation to Section 54 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill.

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.

If you know or suspect anyone committing illegal graffiti you can report it by contacting Northumbria Police on 0191 214 6555 or on the Northumbria Police website. Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the Graffiti Enforcement Officer on 0191 214 6555. All calls will be treated in confidence.