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The Problem

Cemeteries all over the world, including those for servicemen and women who lost their lives fighting for their country, are targets for vandalism.

Graffiti and damage to stonework are activities favoured by young people. There is a rise in the number of incidents during the school holidays. Sometimes plants and paving slabs are stolen, usually by adults.


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Craigton Cemetery - Monument has been defaced with  graffiti Stafford Cemetery - Headstones have been destroyed

Think about this:

‘It doesn’t matter if war graves are damaged
because the people are all dead anyway.’

Is your first reaction to agree or to disagree? Be honest!


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Vandalism affects all of us, whether through the actual act itself, the way the media chooses to report it and the effect this has on public thinking, or through having to deal with the practical consequences. Click on the images below to explore these three areas:

Vandalism - will open a new pop up window Media reaction - will open a new pop up window Consequences - will open a new pop up window. This exercise uses Macromedia Flash

Possible Solutions

The cry to ‘bring back flogging’ as a means of punishment for vandalism is sometimes the reaction of older people who are upset and outraged when war graves are damaged. This is unlikely to happen in the UK, but what punishments do we have in place for offenders at the moment?


For adults (over 21) in the UK, spraying graffiti is a criminal damage offence, which is punishable by a prison term of up to 5 years and/or a maximum fine of £10,000.


Young people in the UK are generally referred to a Youth Offending Team if they don’t respond to initial warnings from the police. Here, often with their parents and other people who have been affected by what they have done, they discuss the consequences of their actions and are encouraged to make amends in some way.

Cartoon of a man being flogged

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Which of the following alternatives do you think would be most likely to stop young people offending again?

Sponsoring mural art projects - will open a new pop up window Practical and positive - will open a new pop up window Creative thinking - will open a new pop up window Sorted? - will open a new pop up window


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