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obstructing a police officer

Subject: Law

The offence of hindering a police officer who is in the course of doing his duty (Police Act 1996 s 89). “Obstruction” includes any intentional interference, e.g. by physical force, ...

obstructing a police officer

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A Dictionary of Law (10 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2022
Subject:
Law
Length:
189 words

... a police officer The offence of hindering a police officer who is in the course of doing his duty (Police Act 1996 s 89). “Obstruction” includes any intentional interference, e.g. by physical force, threats, telling lies or giving misleading information, refusing to cooperate in removing an obstruction, or warning a person who has committed a crime so that he can escape detection (e.g. warning a speeding driver that there is a police trap ahead). It is not, however, an offence merely not to answer, or to advise someone not to answer, police questions...

obstructing a police officer, etc.

obstructing a police officer, etc.   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Law Enforcement (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Law
Length:
358 words

... a police officer, etc. 1 The offence under s 89(2) of the Police Act 1996 of hindering a police officer who is in the course of doing his duty. ‘Obstruction’ includes any intentional interference, e.g. by physical force, threats, telling lies or giving misleading information, refusing to cooperate in removing an obstruction, or warning a person who has committed a crime so that he can escape detection (e.g. keeping lookout for a street game). It is not, however, an offence merely not to answer, or to advise someone not to answer, police questions...

obstructing a police officer

obstructing a police officer  

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Subject:
Law
The offence of hindering a police officer who is in the course of doing his duty (Police Act 1996 s 89). “Obstruction” includes any intentional interference, e.g. by physical force, threats, telling ...
joint investigation team

joint investigation team  

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Law
A team set up under formal mutual legal assistance agreements to carry out joint investigations into particular offences with cross‐border elements, with a view to improving and speeding up ...
impeding apprehension or prosecution

impeding apprehension or prosecution  

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Law
Giving assistance to a person one knows to be guilty of an indictable offence with the intention of preventing or delaying his arrest or prosecution (e.g. providing a hiding place or destroying ...
power of search

power of search  

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Law
The legal right to search people or property. Private people have no powers of search, but various statutes, notably the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, confer such powers on police or other ...
resisting arrest

resisting arrest  

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Law
Taking any action to prevent one's arrest. A person may use reasonable force to resist an illegal arrest (Christie v Leachinsky [1947] AC 573 (HL). If he resists a legal arrest, however, he lays ...
offence against designated and accredited persons

offence against designated and accredited persons  

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Law
A summary offence under s 46 of the Police Reform Act 2002 of assaulting or obstructing designated or accredited persons, such as Community Support Officers. See also assault; obstruction.
arrest

arrest  

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N.The apprehension of a person suspected of criminal activities. Most arrests are made by police officers, although anybody may, under prescribed conditions, effect an arrest. In some cases the ...
offence against designated and accredited persons

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A Dictionary of Law Enforcement (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Law
Length:
38 words

...against designated and accredited persons A summary offence under s 46 of the Police Reform Act 2002 of assaulting or obstructing designated or accredited persons , such as Community Support Officers . See also assault ; obstruction...

impeding apprehension or prosecution

impeding apprehension or prosecution   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Law (10 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2022
Subject:
Law
Length:
110 words

...Law Act 1967 s 4, giving assistance to a person one knows to be guilty of an indictable offence with the intention of preventing or delaying his arrest or prosecution (e.g. providing a hiding place or destroying evidence). There are also special offences of (1) agreeing not to disclose information that might help to convict or prosecute a criminal ( see compounding an offence ), (2) refusing to aid a police officer when asked to help stop a breach of the peace, (3) obstructing a police officer , and (4) wasting police time by giving them misleading...

impeding apprehension

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A Dictionary of Law Enforcement (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Law
Length:
139 words

...asked to help stop a breach of the peace, (3) obstructing a police officer, and (4) wasting police time by giving them misleading information. See also escape...

arrest

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A Dictionary of Law (10 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2022
Subject:
Law
Length:
220 words

...an arrest is made, the accused must be told that he is being arrested and given the ground for his arrest. The arresting police officer has power to search the person he is arresting for any property that may be used in evidence against him. Anyone making or assisting in an arrest may use as much force as reasonable in the circumstances. Resisting lawful arrest may constitute the crime of assault or obstructing a police officer . A person who believes he has been wrongfully arrested may petition for habeas corpus and may sue the person who arrested him...

resisting arrest

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A Dictionary of Law (10 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2022
Subject:
Law
Length:
157 words

...prevent one’s arrest. A person may use reasonable force to resist an illegal arrest ( Christie v Leachinsky [ 1947 ] AC 573 (HL)). If he resists a legal arrest, however, he lays himself open to a charge of assaulting or obstructing a police officer in the course of his duty (Offences against the Person Act 1861 s 38, Police Act 1996 s 89). The fact that the police officer was in plain clothes is no defence to such a charge. The House of Lords has ruled that it is the right and duty of every citizen to take reasonable steps to prevent a breach of the peace...

resisting arrest

resisting arrest   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Law Enforcement (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Law
Length:
170 words

...arrest Taking any action to prevent one's arrest . A person may use reasonable force to resist an illegal arrest. If he resists a legal arrest, however, he lays himself open to a charge under s 89 of the Police Act 1996 of assaulting or obstructing a police officer, etc. in the course of his duty. The fact that the police officer was in plain clothes is no defence to such a charge. The House of Lords has ruled that it is the right and duty of every citizen to take reasonable steps to prevent a breach of the peace by detaining the offender. The...

Scarman Report

Scarman Report   Reference library

Letizia Gramaglia

The Oxford Companion to Black British History

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Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
Length:
924 words

...was kept in action in the area. At about 4.40 p.m. two officers engaged in the operation saw a man placing something in his socks; suspecting that he was dealing in drugs, they stopped him and searched his car. A hostile crowd rapidly gathered, and a black man was arrested for obstructing the police in the execution of their duties. It was at that point that the disorders broke out again and the situation slipped out of control. The confrontation between crowd and police quickly escalated into chaos. A wide area of central Brixton was affected by episodes of...

international joint investigation team

international joint investigation team   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Law Enforcement (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Law
Length:
234 words

...In the UK, s 16 Crime (International Cooperation) Act 2003 provides for an application to be made for a search warrant or a production order under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 or the Police and Criminal Evidence Order (Northern Ireland) 1989 , in relation to criminal conduct abroad which would, if it occurred in England and Wales or in Northern Ireland, constitute an indictable offence. See also assault ; obstructing a police officer, etc. ; mutual legal assistance...

power of search

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A Dictionary of Law (10 ed.)

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Current Version:
2022
Subject:
Law
Length:
560 words

...instrument that has a blade or a sharp point. Failure to stop is a summary offence punishable by one month’s imprisonment and/or a fine on level 3. Failure to cooperate might amount to obstructing a police officer in the execution of his duty. Similar powers are available to senior police officers to authorize searches for periods of 28 days to prevent acts of terrorism. Both failure to stop and wilful obstruction of a constable are summary offences for the purpose of this power and are punishable by six months’ imprisonment and/or a fine on level...

crime investigation by the police

crime investigation by the police   Reference library

The New Oxford Companion to Law

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Law
Length:
1,513 words

...the officer has reasonable grounds for believing it is necessary. Those grounds are where it is necessary to identify the name or address of the suspect, to prevent the suspect from causing or suffering injury, from causing loss or damaging property, from committing an offence against public decency, or from obstructing the highway. The old common law power to arrest for breach of the peace still exists. On arrest a suspect must be taken to a police station. On arrest, the police can search the suspect's person—initially this is limited but at the police...

line

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002

...line of duty while one is working (used mainly of police officers, firefighters, or soldiers). line of fire the expected path of gunfire or a missile: residents within line of fire were evacuated from their homes. line of flight the route taken through the air. line of march the route taken in marching. line of sight a straight line along which an observer has unobstructed vision: a building that obstructs our line of sight. line up 1 arrange a number of people or things in a straight row. 2 (of a number of people or things) be arranged in this...

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