Aggressive protesters could breach stalking law

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The harassment of Anna Soubry, the Tory MP, could have broken the law The harassment of Anna Soubry, the Tory MP, could have broken the lawJACK HILL/THE TIMES

Aggressive protesting could amount to a stalking offence, according to new guidelines issued by prosecutors in the wake of disorder outside parliament.

The Crown Prosecution Service published a list of offences to “help people better understand what the law is and how it is applied in situations where someone is shouting at or being hostile towards another person in the street”.

It referenced harassment and stalking offences which are committed where “a person engages in a course of conduct which amounts to the harassment of another person, and they know it amounts to harassment or they ought to know”. In its list of examples it highlighted following a person, contacting, or attempting to contact, a person by any means, and loitering in any place.

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