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Charges reported under the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act 2016-2017

Published: 9 Jun 2017
Part of:
Law and order, Research
ISBN:
9781788510097

An analysis of charges reported under the Act to provide information about the nature of the charges, the accused and the victims of incidents.

31 page PDF

768.9kB

31 page PDF

768.9kB

Contents
Charges reported under the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act 2016-2017
1. Introduction

31 page PDF

768.9kB

1. Introduction

The Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 (hereafter referred to as the Act) came into force on 1 st March 2012. The Act criminalises behaviour which is threatening, hateful [2] or otherwise offensive at a regulated football match including offensive singing or chanting where it is likely to lead to public disorder. It also criminalises the communication of threats of serious violence and threats intended to incite religious hatred.

This report focusses on offensive behaviour at regulated football matches and provides an analysis of charges reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal service ( COPFS) in the whole financial year of 1 st April 2016 to 31 st March 2017. [3]

This report provides information about the locations, dates of charges, the nature of the offensive behaviour, the age and the gender of the accused, and the nature of the victims.


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