Oh dearie me, in the midst of my boo-hoo-loo crisis, plus a washing machine that’s decided to pack up, again, like clockwork, in autumn (why can’t I find a man that reliable?) I had a bit of an incident with a police officer this morning. Late dropping of Bill at school I was told to move my car by a female police officer as I was blocking a drive, to which I responded ‘for f*cks sake’ but did so anyway. Next thing I know, there’s robocop marching towards me asking why I swore at his colleague, short of patience we had a brief not too pleasant exchange (no swear words – honest) and I rushed into the school. Not impressed that I’d left him hanging, I come out and robocop’s issuing a ticket – I’m now officially a petty criminal been fined £80.00 under Section 5 of the Public Order Act.
The offence is created by section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986:
“(1) A person is guilty of an offence if he:
(a) uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour, or
(b) displays any writing, sign or other visible representation which is threatening, abusive or insulting,
within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress thereby.”
This offence has the following statutory defences:
(a) The defendant had no reason to believe that there was any person within hearing or sight who was likely to be alarmed or distressed by his action.
(b) The defendant was in a dwelling and had no reason to believe that his behaviour would be seen or heard by any person outside any dwelling.
(c) The conduct was reasonable.
£80 for a swear word – now that’s CRIMINAL!