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Radicalism: Graffiti

Question for Home Office

UIN 178635, tabled on 12 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of far-right graffiti and stickers in public places; and what steps she is taking to tackle that graffiti.

Answered on

26 April 2021

Addressing visible signs of crime and anti-social behaviour such as graffiti helps to improve public perceptions of local environmental quality. In 2018, the Government almost doubled the maximum fixed penalty that local authorities can issue for offences related to graffiti to £150 and increased the default to £100. For more serious offences, such as racist or otherwise abusive graffiti, prosecution may be more suitable. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs set out in its recent guidance on enforcement against littering and related offences that enforcement action must be proportionate and in the public interest.

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 also introduced a range of flexible tools and powers that the police, local authorities and other local agencies can use to respond quickly and effectively to anti-social behaviour, including graffiti. It is for local agencies to determine whether their use is appropriate in the specific circumstances as those who work within, and for, local communities will be best placed to understand what is driving the behaviour in question, the impact that it is having, and to determine the most appropriate response.

We are clear that the far right has absolutely no place in Britain, and the British people overwhelmingly reject the prejudiced rhetoric and against our values of decency, tolerance and respect. We are committed to tackling those who, based on extreme right wing or any other ideology, promote violence and hatred against individuals and communities in our society, and that radicalise others into terrorism.

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