Criminal Damage Act 1991
Possessing any thing with intent to damage property.
4.—A person (in this section referred to as the possessor) who has any thing in his custody or under his control intending without lawful excuse to use it or cause or permit another to use it—
(a) to damage any property belonging to some other person, or
(b) to damage his own or the intended user’s property—
(i) in a way which he knows is likely to endanger the life of a person other than the possessor, or
(ii) with intent to defraud,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable—
(A) on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding £1,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or both, and
(B) on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding £10,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or both.
Offence under subs. (4)(b)(i) designated a “specified offence” (6.04.2014) by Taxi Regulation Act 2013 (37/2013), s. 30 and sch. part 2 item 9, S.I. No. 163 of 2014.
Offences under section occurring before 12.06.2017, in so far as they relate to data or a storage medium in which such data are kept, designated a “relevant offence” (9.08.2011) by Criminal Justice Act 2011 (22/2011), s. 3(1) and sch. 1 para. 30, S.I. No. 411 of 2011, as substituted (12.06.2017) by Criminal Justice (Offences Relating to Information Systems) Act 2017 (11/2017), s. 15, S.I. No. 249 of 2017.
Offence under section designated a “specified offence” (28.06.2000) by Criminal Justice (Safety of United Nations Workers) Act 2000 (16/2000), s. 3 and sch. 2 part 2 item 2, commenced on enactment.
Offence under section designated a “serious offence” (4.09.1998 and 15.05.2000) by Bail Act 1997 (16/1997), s. 1 and sch. paras. 18, 29 and 30, S.I. No. 315 of 1998 and S.I. No. 118 of 2000, as amended (18.05.2007) by Criminal Justice Act 2007 (29/2007), s. 17(d), S.I. No. 236 of 2007.