Public disorder


Public disorder is when someone’s or a group of people’s conduct in a public place is likely to cause, or intends to cause harassment, alarm or distress to anyone present and could be committing a public disorder offence. 

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If you’re concerned about public disorder occurring in your area please report it to the police when the incident is occurring.  

If it’s not an emergency, you can also report it to the police using 101 or by email to: [email protected]  

In an emergency you should always call 999

You can report public disorder online at where you can access the Police’s online contact methods – WebChat and Crime Reporting Form. These are available to use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   

Things that might help

Detailed legal advice and guidance concerning public order offences is available through the CPS online here

The UK Public Order Act 1986 includes information on changes to legislation and accurate definitions on new offences. It is available online here .