What is graffiti?

Graffiti refers to drawings, patterns, scribbles or messages painted, written or carved onto walls or surfaces of public or private property.

Who should I report graffiti to?

Any reports of graffiti will be investigated by our Community Wardens. If the graffiti is considered to be offensive or detrimental to the area then we will aim to identify an appropriate person to remove it. We are responsible for the removal of graffiti from public property however graffiti on private property must be removed by the owner of that property.

Who to report graffiti to
Location of graffiti Company Phone number
Post boxes or Royal Mail property Royal Mail 0345 7740 740
BT phone boxes British Telecom 0800 22 33 88
Railway bridges Network Rail 03457 11 41 41
Electricity substations Electricity North West 0800 195 4141
Street lighting, furniture and traffic signs Cumbria County Council (Highways) 0300 303 2992

What is the penalty for being caught doing graffiti?

Anyone caught doing graffiti is likely to receive a fixed penalty notice of £75 or where necessary prosecuted through the magistrates court. The Police will also be notified.

How do I report graffiti?

You can report graffiti to us online, just complete the graffiti, vandalism and fly posting form.
If you know who has committed the offence please inform us so that we can prosecute the offenders.

Malicious graffiti

If you consider the graffiti to be malicious please contact the Police on the non-emergency number 101.