2018-07-10 12:55:24 UTC
What offence has been committed here?
"Sheffield tree protester guilty of obstructing PC
9 July 2018
An anti-tree felling campaigner has been convicted of obstructing police
for failing to give his name and address when he was being arrested.
Robert Pearson was asked for details after being held over an alleged
public order offence in Sheffield.
He said he was "confused" about his rights but ultimately gave his
details. But, city magistrates ruled this was not a "reasonable excuse".
Pearson, aged 48, of Sheffield, was given a 12 month conditional
Is there case law stating that refusing to give your name and address to
the police when being arrested is a criminal offence? There is certainly
case law stating that it isn't (Rice v Connolly).
I suppose it is just a magistrates court, so their knowledge of the law
may be sketchy. Or perhaps this is the first case ever brought under s50
Police Reform Act 2002, which gives the police the power to ask for your
name and address if they reasonably believe you to be engaged in
anti-social behaviour, and makes it an offence to decline.