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Criminal Law

Criminal Law (16th edn)

Michael Allen and Ian Edwards
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date: 18 July 2024

p. 62115. Criminal damagelocked

p. 62115. Criminal damagelocked

  • Michael J. Allen
  •  and Ian Edwards


Course-focused and contextual, Criminal Law provides a succinct overview of the key areas on the law curriculum balanced with thought-provoking contextual discussion. The Criminal Damage Act 1971 includes the main offences in English law involving damage to property. This chapter discusses the offence of destroying or damaging property belonging to another, destroying or damaging property with intent to endanger life, threats to destroy or damage property, possessing anything with intent to destroy or damage property, and racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage. The feature ‘The law in context’ examines the prosecution of environmental protesters for criminal damage, including their use of the lawful excuse defence.

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