arrestable offence


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arrestable offence

in English criminal law an offence for which the sentence is fixed by law or for which the sentence is five years' imprisonment. The significance is that any person may arrest anyone committing such an offence or anyone whom he reasonably suspects to be committing such an offence without a warrant. There is a category of serious arrestable offence that includes treason, murder and manslaughter (see HOMICIDE), rape and specified offences such as causing death by reckless driving. There is a general provision that makes an arrestable offence a serious arrestable offence if it involves serious harm to state security, serious injury or death.
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Brian Gilhooley: "The point is they are known thieves, they cannot give a reason for travelling and have no proof of intending to purchase ie; they are equipped for crime, as known thieves this is an arrestable offence.
Make it an arrestable offence to wear a face mask in public with the intention of concealing identity and breaking the law.
The warrant related to the investigation of a serious arrestable offence.
The 22-year-old is charged with, on January 18, whereas another person having committed an arrestable offence, namely the murder of Mr McMahon, that Flanagan knowing or believing that the said person to be guilty of that offence, acted with intent to impede the apprehension or the prosecution.
When told that the call was being recorded and that he was committing an arrestable offence, Lovelock said that he did not "care a f***".
It is an arrestable offence to enter the field of play and one which could see the offender hit with a heavy fine and even a stadium ban.
Under Housing Hartlepool tenancy agreements, properties must not be used for illegal, criminal, immoral or improper purposes and tenants must not be convicted of an arrestable offence.
Failure to obey the injunction is an arrestable offence and could lead to imprisonment.
It is not illegal to drink alcohol and hotels have licences in most of the Emirates, but it is an arrestable offence to be drunk in a public place.
Former Home Secretary David Blunkett announced that cannabis would be downgraded from class B to class C, meaning that possession was no longer an arrestable offence and the change took place in January 2004.
It should be made an arrestable offence not to carry such documents as a driving licence, gun licence, fishing licence even and many others which at present are simply left at home.