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England and WalesU.K.

1U.K.Murder.

2U.K.Manslaughter.

3U.K.Kidnapping.

4U.K.False imprisonment.

[F14AU.K.Outraging public decency.]

5U.K.An offence under section 4 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861 (c. 100) (soliciting murder).

6U.K.An offence under section 16 of that Act (threats to kill).

7U.K.An offence under section 18 of that Act (wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm).

8U.K.An offence under section 20 of that Act (malicious wounding).

9U.K.An offence under section 21 of that Act (attempting to choke, suffocate or strangle in order to commit or assist in committing an indictable offence).

10U.K.An offence under section 22 of that Act (using chloroform etc. to commit or assist in the committing of any indictable offence).

11U.K.An offence under section 23 of that Act (maliciously administering poison etc. so as to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm).

12U.K.An offence under section 27 of that Act (abandoning children).

13U.K.An offence under section 28 of that Act (causing bodily injury by explosives).

14U.K.An offence under section 29 of that Act (using explosives etc. with intent to do grievous bodily harm).

15U.K.An offence under section 30 of that Act (placing explosives with intent to do bodily injury).

16U.K.An offence under section 31 of that Act (setting spring guns etc. with intent to do grievous bodily harm).

17U.K.An offence under section 32 of that Act (endangering the safety of railway passengers).

18U.K.An offence under section 35 of that Act (injuring persons by furious driving).

19U.K.An offence under section 37 of that Act (assaulting officer preserving wreck).

20U.K.An offence under section 38 of that Act (assault with intent to resist arrest).

21U.K.An offence under section 47 of that Act (assault occasioning actual bodily harm).

22U.K.An offence under section 2 of the Explosive Substances Act 1883 (c. 3) (causing explosion likely to endanger life or property).

23U.K.An offence under section 3 of that Act (attempt to cause explosion, or making or keeping explosive with intent to endanger life or property).

24U.K.An offence under section 1 of the Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929 (c. 34) (child destruction).

25U.K.An offence under section 1 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 (c. 12) (cruelty to children).

26U.K.An offence under section 1 of the Infanticide Act 1938 (c. 36) (infanticide).

27U.K.An offence under section 16 of the Firearms Act 1968 (c. 27) (possession of firearm with intent to endanger life).

28U.K.An offence under section 16A of that Act (possession of firearm with intent to cause fear of violence).

29U.K.An offence under section 17(1) of that Act (use of firearm to resist arrest).

30U.K.An offence under section 17(2) of that Act (possession of firearm at time of committing or being arrested for offence specified in Schedule 1 to that Act).

31U.K.An offence under section 18 of that Act (carrying a firearm with criminal intent).

[F231AU.K.An offence under section 1 of the Theft Act 1968 (c.60) (theft).]

32U.K.An offence under section 8 of [F3that Act](robbery or assault with intent to rob).

Textual Amendments

[F433U.K.An offence under section 9(1)(a) of that Act (burglary with intent to steal, inflict grievous bodily harm or do unlawful damage).]

Textual Amendments

34U.K.An offence under section 10 of that Act (aggravated burglary).

35U.K.An offence under section 12A of that Act (aggravated vehicle-taking) involving an accident which caused the death of any person.

36U.K.An offence of arson under section 1 of the Criminal Damage Act 1971 (c. 48).

37U.K.An offence under section 1(2) of that Act (destroying or damaging property) other than an offence of arson.

38U.K.An offence under section 1 of the Taking of Hostages Act 1982 (c. 28) (hostage-taking).

39U.K.An offence under section 1 of the Aviation Security Act 1982 (c. 36) (hijacking).

40U.K.An offence under section 2 of that Act (destroying, damaging or endangering safety of aircraft).

41U.K.An offence under section 3 of that Act (other acts endangering or likely to endanger safety of aircraft).

42U.K.An offence under section 4 of that Act (offences in relation to certain dangerous articles).

43U.K.An offence under section 127 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (c. 20) (ill-treatment of patients).

[F543AU.K.An offence under section 1 of the Child Abduction Act 1984 (c. 37) (offence of abduction of child by parent, etc).

43BU.K.An offence under section 2 of that Act (offence of abduction of child by other persons).]

44U.K.An offence under section 1 of the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act 1985 (c. 38) (prohibition of female circumcision).

45U.K.An offence under section 1 of the Public Order Act 1986 (c. 64) (riot).

46U.K.An offence under section 2 of that Act (violent disorder).

47U.K.An offence under section 3 of that Act (affray).

48U.K.An offence under section 134 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (c. 33) (torture).

49U.K.An offence under section 1 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52) (causing death by dangerous driving).

50U.K.An offence under section 3A of that Act (causing death by careless driving when under influence of drink or drugs).

51U.K.An offence under section 1 of the Aviation and Maritime Security Act 1990 (c. 31) (endangering safety at aerodromes).

52U.K.An offence under section 9 of that Act (hijacking of ships).

53U.K.An offence under section 10 of that Act (seizing or exercising control of fixed platforms).

54U.K.An offence under section 11 of that Act (destroying fixed platforms or endangering their safety).

55U.K.An offence under section 12 of that Act (other acts endangering or likely to endanger safe navigation).

56U.K.An offence under section 13 of that Act (offences involving threats).

[F656AU.K.An offence under section 2 [F7or 2A] of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (c. 40) ([F8offences of harassment and stalking]).]

Textual Amendments

F7Words in Sch. 5 para. 56A inserted (25.11.2012) by Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (c. 9), s. 120, Sch. 9 para. 146(a)(i) (with s. 97); S.I. 2012/2075, art. 5(d)

F8Words in Sch. 5 para. 56A substituted (25.11.2012) by Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (c. 9), s. 120, Sch. 9 para. 146(a)(ii) (with s. 97); S.I. 2012/2075, art. 5(d)

57U.K.An offence under section 4 [F9or 4A] of [F10that Act] (putting people in fear of violence [F11and stalking involving fear of violence or serious alarm or distress]).

Textual Amendments

F9Words in Sch. 5 para. 57 inserted (25.11.2012) by Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (c. 9), s. 120, Sch. 9 para. 146(b)(i) (with s. 97); S.I. 2012/2075, art. 5(d)

F11Words in Sch. 5 para. 57 inserted (25.11.2012) by Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (c. 9), s. 120, Sch. 9 para. 146(b)(ii) (with s. 97); S.I. 2012/2075, art. 5(d)

58U.K.An offence under section 29 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (c. 37) (racially or religiously aggravated assaults).

59U.K.An offence falling within section 31(1)(a) or (b) of that Act (racially or religiously aggravated offences under section 4 or 4A of the Public Order Act 1986 (c. 64)).

60U.K.An offence under Part II of the Channel Tunnel (Security) Order 1994 (S.I. 1994/570) (offences relating to Channel Tunnel trains and the tunnel system).

[F1260ZAU.K.An offence under section 53 or 54 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (contravention of notice relating to encrypted information or tipping off in connection with such a notice).]

Textual Amendments

F12Sch. 5 para. 60ZA inserted "after paragraph 60" (25.1.2010) by virtue of Policing and Crime Act 2009, ss. 112(1), 116(1), {Sch. 7 para. 25(2)}; S.I. 2009/3096, art. 3(x)

[F1360AU.K.An offence under section 85(3) or (4) of the Postal Services Act 2000 (c. 26) (prohibition on sending certain articles by post).]

61U.K.An offence under section 51 or 52 of the International Criminal Court Act 2001 (c. 17) (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and related offences), other than one involving murder.

[F1461AU.K.An offence under section 127(1) of the Communications Act 2003 (c. 21) (improper use of public electronic communications network).]

62U.K.An offence under section 47 of this Act, where the victim or (as the case may be) other party was 16 or over.

[F1563U.K.An offence under any of sections 51 to 53 or 57 to [F1659] [F1659A] of this Act.]

Textual Amendments

F16Word in Sch. 5 para. 63 substituted (E.W.) (6.4.2013) by Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (c. 9), s. 120, Sch. 9 para. 140(4) (with s. 97); S.I. 2013/470, art. 2(d) (with arts. 3(b), 5-8)

[F1763AU.K.An offence under section 5 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 (causing or allowing [F18the death of a child or vulnerable adult] [F18a child or vulnerable adult to die or suffer serious physical harm]).]

[F1963BU.K.An offence under section 2 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (human trafficking).]

[F2063CU.K.An offence under section 75A of the Serious Crime Act 2015 (strangulation or suffocation).]

[F2163DU.K.An offence under section 179 of the Online Safety Act 2023 (false communications).

63EU.K.An offence under section 181 of that Act (threatening communications).]

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