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Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001

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113Use of noxious substances or things to cause harm and intimidate

(1)A person who takes any action which—

(a)involves the use of a noxious substance or other noxious thing;

(b)has or is likely to have an effect falling within subsection (2); and

(c)is designed to influence the government or to intimidate the public or a section of the public,

is guilty of an offence.

(2)Action has an effect falling within this subsection if it—

(a)causes serious violence against a person anywhere in the world;

(b)causes serious damage to real or personal property anywhere in the world;

(c)endangers human life or creates a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or a section of the public; or

(d)induces in members of the public the fear that the action is likely to endanger their lives or create a serious risk to their health or safety;

but any effect on the person taking the action is to be disregarded.

(3)A person who—

(a)makes a threat that he or another will take any action which constitutes an offence under subsection (1); and

(b)intends thereby to induce in a person anywhere in the world the fear that the threat is likely to be carried out,

is guilty of an offence.

(4)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum (or both); and

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years or a fine (or both).

(5)In this section—

  • “the government” means the government of the United Kingdom, of a part of the United Kingdom or of a country other than the United Kingdom; and

  • “the public” includes the public of a country other than the United Kingdom.

114Hoaxes involving noxious substances or things

(1)A person is guilty of an offence if he—

(a)places any substance or other thing in any place; or

(b)sends any substance or other thing from one place to another (by post, rail or any other means whatever);

with the intention of inducing in a person anywhere in the world a belief that it is likely to be (or contain) a noxious substance or other noxious thing and thereby endanger human life or create a serious risk to human health.

(2)A person is guilty of an offence if he communicates any information which he knows or believes to be false with the intention of inducing in a person anywhere in the world a belief that a noxious substance or other noxious thing is likely to be present (whether at the time the information is communicated or later) in any place and thereby endanger human life or create a serious risk to human health.

(3)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum (or both); and

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years or a fine (or both).

115Sections 113 and 114: supplementary

(1)For the purposes of sections 113 and 114 “substance” includes any biological agent and any other natural or artificial substance (whatever its form, origin or method of production).

(2)For a person to be guilty of an offence under section 113(3) or 114 it is not necessary for him to have any particular person in mind as the person in whom he intends to induce the belief in question.

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