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1 Increased penalties for certain offences. 1 Edw. 8 & 1 Geo. 6 c. 6.E+W+S

[F1(1)A person guilty of an offence under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1936 (offensive words and behaviour in public places or at public meetings conducive to breach of the peace) or under section 1(1) of the M1Public Meeting Act 1908 (disorderly conduct designed to break up public meetings) shall be liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or to a fine not exceeding £100, or to both;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months or to a fine not exceeding £500, or to both.]

(2)In section 7(2) of the said Act of 1936, for the words “any other offence under this Act” there shall be substituted the words “ any offence under this Act other than an offence under section two or section five ”; and in section 1(1) of the said Act of 1908 the words from “and shall”to the end are hereby repealed.

(3)This section does not apply to offences committed before the passing of this Act.

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C1The text of S. 1(2) is in the form in which it was originally enacted: it was not reproduced in Statutes in Force and does not reflect any amendments or repeals which may have been made prior to 1.2.1991.

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2 Short title and extent.E+W+S

(1)This Act may be cited as the Public Order Act 1963.

(2)This Act does not extend to Northern Ireland.

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