Public Order Offences

Public Order Offences

s5 Public Order Act (Summary)

This is behaving in public in a way that someone present may be caused harassment, alarm or distress by that behaviour.

s4 Public Order Act (Summary)

This is using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour in public which may result in someone present fearing the use of immediate unlawful violence.

s4A Public Order Act (Summary)

This is using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour in public with the intent to cause someone present to fear the use of immediate unlawful violence.

s3 Public Order Act – Affray (Either Way)

This is behaving in such a way that someone present at the scene might fear for their personal safety.

s2 Public Order Act – Violent Disorder (Either Way)

This is where 3 or more people are acting together in such a way that someone present at the scene might fear for their personal safety.

s1 Public Order Act – Riot

This is where 12 or more people are acting together in such a way that someone present at the scene might fear for their personal safety.

Did you know?

The most commonly reported hate crime in London in 2006/07 was racist crime (9,976 reports), followed by homophobic crime (1,184 incidents) and faith crime (696 incidents).