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LOCAL INFORMATION

4.6.0.L8
Miscellaneous offences

Extent: Jersey
Updated 23 December 2013

 

Common nuisance (Common Law Offence)

1 The most obvious offence is that of a person urinating in a public place, committing a public nuisance.

Statutory Offences

2 Any person who commits a nuisance in or against any Post Office letter box commits an offence. See Postal Services [Jersey] Law 2004

3 Any person who commits a nuisance in or against any telephone kiosk commits an offence. See Article 53 Telecommunications (Jersey) Law, 2002.

4 See also Policing of the Roads/Parks and Beaches, for the improper use of these places.

5 An act tending to effect a public mischief is an offence at Common Law, eg -

1. making a false allegation of an offence to the Police, causing Police time to be wasted making enquiries;

2. making a false statement of danger to persons, causing distress. (Hoax bomb call)

6 Any person who by means of a public telecommunications service sends a message of a grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing character, commits an offence. See Article 51(a) Telecommunications (Jersey) Law, 2002.

7 Any person who makes use of a public telecommunications service to send a false message for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another commits an offence. See Article 51(b) Telecommunications (Jersey) Law, 2002.

Begging

8 It is an offence at Common Law, to unlawfully solicit the giving of alms.

Note: Charities are lawfully entitled to hold street collections under a permit issued by the Bailiff.

Impersonation of a Police Officer

9 Under the Police Force (Jersey) Law, 1974 it is an offence for any person, with intent to deceive, to impersonate a Police Officer, OR to do any act, or make any statement, calculated to falsely suggest that he is a Police Officer. SeeArticle 15(1)

Note: 'Police Officer' means a member of the States of Jersey Police and the Honorary Police.

10 It is an offence for any person who, not being a Police Officer, wears any article of Police uniform in circumstances where it gives him an appearance so nearly resembling that of a Police Officer as to be calculated to deceive. See Article 15(2)

11 It is an offence for any person, who, not being a Police Officer, has in his possession any article of Police uniform, unless he proves that he obtained possession lawfully and for a lawful purpose. See Article 15(3)