chapter  7
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Criminal Damage

Introduction In this chapter we are going to consider crim inal damage. This offence can take several forms, and these differ ent offences are all set out in s 1 of the Criminal Damage Act 1971 . The Act sets out three types of offence, which are: ❖ basic (s 1(1)) ❖ aggrav ated (s 1(2)) ❖ arson (s 1(3)) We will consider each of these offences in turn. As is our normal prac tice we will break the defi n i tions of each offence down into the actus reus and mens rea and consider how each offence can be applied, partic u larly in the context of a problem ques tion.