Originally Posted by Polwart
WMM these seem to apply in the situation where injury is incurred. The "new" law would (to me) appear to cover any obstruction rather than focus purely on physical injury (or e.g. damage to vehicles, which would also be covered under existing laws).
I don't know - but I suspect the penalties under this act may be more severe than for a similar offence not prosecuted under the act? just as assaulting a police officer carries a greater punishment than assaulting me.
Absolutely. The new legislation is broadly worded to allow all sorts of things to be brought to court.
However, in Scotland (where is has been in force for much longer) they have had difficulties in securing evidence for "on the road" staff, much easier for "in-hospital" staff where they are covered by CCTV.
Personally, I feel this act would be a bit of a "last ditch" resort by the CPS, if they couldn't get anything else to stick; and barristers will still argue about the wording of statutes
it's what they're paid to do!
Originally Posted by wavelength
Summary offence only- scale 5 fine no imprisonment
whats scale 5 these days? WMM will know.
A level 5 fine is a measly £5,000.