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11 Advance notice of public processions.E+W

(1)Written notice shall be given in accordance with this section of any proposal to hold a public procession intended—

(a)to demonstrate support for or opposition to the views or actions of any person or body of persons,

(b)to publicise a cause or campaign, or

(c)to mark or commemorate an event,

unless it is not reasonably practicable to give any advance notice of the procession.

(2)Subsection (1) does not apply where the procession is one commonly or customarily held in the police area (or areas) in which it is proposed to be held or is a funeral procession organised by a funeral director acting in the normal course of his business.

(3)The notice must specify the date when it is intended to hold the procession, the time when it is intended to start it, its proposed route, and the name and address of the person (or of one of the persons) proposing to organise it.

(4)Notice must be delivered to a police station—

(a)in the police area in which it is proposed the procession will start, or

(b)where it is proposed the procession will start in Scotland and cross into England, in the first police area in England on the proposed route.

(5)If delivered not less than 6 clear days before the date when the procession is intended to be held, the notice may be delivered by post by the recorded delivery service; but section 7 of the M1Interpretation Act 1978 (under which a document sent by post is deemed to have been served when posted and to have been delivered in the ordinary course of post) does not apply.

(6)If not delivered in accordance with subsection (5), the notice must be delivered by hand not less than 6 clear days before the date when the procession is intended to be held or, if that is not reasonably practicable, as soon as delivery is reasonably practicable.

(7)Where a public procession is held, each of the persons organising it is guilty of an offence if—

(a)the requirements of this section as to notice have not been satisfied, or

(b)the date when it is held, the time when it starts, or its route, differs from the date, time or route specified in the notice.

(8)It is a defence for the accused to prove that he did not know of, and neither suspected nor had reason to suspect, the failure to satisfy the requirements or (as the case may be) the difference of date, time or route.

(9)To the extent that an alleged offence turns on a difference of date, time or route, it is a defence for the accused to prove that the difference arose from circumstances beyond his control or from something done with the agreement of a police officer or by his direction.

(10)A person guilty of an offence under subsection (7) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

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