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You should contact the local council for the area where the graffiti or fly posting has taken place.

If the person/organisation is known then it may be possible for the council to issue penalty notices and a 'defacement removal notice' (in Wales this is a 'graffiti removal notice' and applies only to graffiti).

If it is on council owned property, or if it is offensive/racially abusive, the council may be responsible for removing it. If not then the council may be able to advise you who to contact or remove the graffiti at a charge.

See the website in related information to find out your local council's details.

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