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Police Reform Act 2002

Section 50: Persons acting in an anti-social manner

279.Section 1 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 permits certain ‘relevant authorities’ (as to which see sections 61 and 62 below) to apply for anti-social behaviour orders, which deal with persons acting in an anti-social manner. Acting in an anti-social manner is defined as a manner that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household. This section provides uniformed police officers with a power to combat such anti-social behaviour.

280.Subsection (1) of this section provides a uniformed constable with the power to require a name and address from a person he believes has been acting, or is acting, in an anti-social manner. Subsection (2) makes it an offence for a person to fail to give his name and address when so required, or to give a false or inaccurate name. The offence is punishable, on summary conviction, by a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale (currently £1000).

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