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Intentional Harassment, Alarm Or Distress

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Intentional Harassment, Alarm Or Distress

Intentional harassment, alarm or distress is a statutory offence in England and Wales. It is an aggravated form of the offence of harassment, alarm or distress under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986.

The offence

The offence is created by section 4A of the Public Order Act 1986, which was inserted by section 154 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994:

Mode of trial and sentence

This is a summary offence. It is punishable with imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or both.[1]


Section 4A(4) of the 1986 Act formerly provided that a constable (or Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.

Racially or religiously aggravated offence

Section 31(1)(b) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (c.37) creates the distinct offence of racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress.

See also


  1. ^ The Public Order Act 1986, section 4A(5)


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