Neighbour Harassment

Harassment From Your Neighbour: Part 7

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Article Covers:

- Forms of Harassment from your Neighbour
- What action you can take about harassment

Criminal Justice & Public Order Act 1994

This act is a complex and detailed one. It covers such areas as trespassers on land, 'Raves', disruptive trespassers, squatters, and within section 154 'Intentional Harassment, Alarm or Distress'.

Section 154 creates the offence as such:

To intentionally either (a) use 'threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour, or disorderly behaviour'; or (b) display 'any writing, sign or visible representation which is threatening, abusive or insulting'; to cause someone 'harassment, alarm or distress'.

The maximum penalty for involvement in these is 6 months in prison and/or a fine of £5000.

Criminal Justice & Public Order Act 1994 in full.

Criminal law of Assault

It is an offence to actually assault an individual or threaten to assault them (e.g. if the courts interpreted this as the threat would actually be carried through).

Assault consists of an act which is hostile that causes an individual to fear attack. The term 'battery' concerns the use of actual force where a physical assault has taken place (e.g. 'Assault and Battery').

Assaults which lead to Actual Bodily Harm carry a 5 year prison sentence. It's important to remember too that the term 'Assault' doesn't always mean that physical contact has been initiated or used; threatening behaviour, gestures or language can also constitute an assault.

Check with your Police Service for more information and advice.