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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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Public displays of affection, sex outside marriage, swearing and making rude gestures are arrestable offences, while the importation of pork products and pornographic material is forbidden.
A further condition was that no person living at or visiting her home was to be convicted of using the premises for any illegal or immoral purposes or commit any arrestable offences.
This streaker committed at least two arrestable offences by showing himself in public and running on to the pitch without authority.
This streaker had committed at least two arrestable offences by exposing himself and running on to the pitch without authority.
Another amendment would make passport and driving licence fraud arrestable offences, and increase to two years the maximum penalty for making a fraudulent application for a licence.