malicious communications

malicious communications

letters or e-mails sent with intent to cause distress or anxiety. Such are criminalized by the Malicious Communications Act 1988 as amended by the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 which latter legislation made it clear that communications sent by electronic means are included in its scope.
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The prosecutor said a man of "impeccable" character had been falsely accused of being a criminal by Jackson who had been before the court previously for malicious communications.
A police spokesman said he is being held on suspicion of membership of a proscribed organisation and malicious communications.
Merseyside Police received complaints on Sunday, January 14, about an insensitive post about the horrific incident that led to the death of mum-of-one Cassie Hayes A 51-year-old man from Widnes was subsequently arrested on suspicion of malicious communications by Cheshire Constabulary.
A police statement said: "The Metropolitan Police Service has received an allegation of malicious communications relating to a Twitter account.
After Rhodri Philipps halted an appeal against his 12-week jail term for making malicious communications, she said he deserved a "wake-up call".
Lewis Turnbull, of Charles Drive, Dudley, is wanted on suspicion of burglary offences, malicious communications and breach of bail, Northumbria Police say.
Steven King, 45, of Mirin Wynd, Paisley, is accused under the Malicious Communications Act and will appear atWirral Magistrates Court on Merseyside on October 19.
Officers received an allegation of malicious communications from Jo Cox MP, and in March 2016 arrested a man in connection with the investigation," police said.
Police swooped on the 25-year-old after the comments, which threatened to burn flowers left in tribute to the popular teenager, were reported and he was charged with a malicious communications offence.
The term "swatting" is used to describe malicious communications to law enforcement agencies which provokes an armed tactical response often from an elite SWAT team.
Scotland Yard further announced that counter-terrorism officers were called to investigate a letter, which was "being treated as malicious communications.