Even though anti-hunt activists are very small in number, if you are targeted it can be a frightening and unpleasant experience. With the explosion of social media such as Facebook and Twitter has come the rise of internet bullying and therefore this advice maybe useful for anyone experiencing such action. Firstly, report the details to the police via the non-emergency 101 number who, based on the full facts, will advise what offences are being committed. However, the offences that may be considered are;
- Main offence if directed at particular businesses or people – Harassment – see links below : https://www.askthe.police.uk/content/Q497.htm https://www.askthe.police.uk/content/Q151.htm https://www.askthe.police.uk/content/Q153.htm
- In relation to messages on Facebook/Twitter/websites – Malicious communications – see link below: https://www.askthe.police.uk/content/Q770.htm
- E-mails or other electronic messages, if they are menacing in character – could be misuse of communications.
- Could also be possible public order offences – words/messages could fall under sections 4A or 5 of the Public Order Act 1986, depending on the circumstances.
- If they are openly planning physical action (turning up at the hotel on a particular day to target the business) – depending what they are planning, they could be conspiring to commit a public order offence.
Please call our Police Liaison Officer Phil Davies if you need any further advice on 07738 456075