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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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to cut down on the number ofstudent arrests at schoolsby establishing what an arrestable offense is and what lesser options are available for disciplining students.
It is now an arrestable offense in Britain to simply cause harassment, alarm, or distress.
But fans must be made aware that it's an arrestable offense to invade the pitch and that has been made known to all those who will visit the UK.