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26 November 2014 / by / in

Taxi Rant

If David Mellor QC is indeed boycotted by London cab drivers, he might console himself with the thought that the fall out could have been a lot worse. Under s.4A of the Public Order Act 1986 it is a criminal offence to use threatening, abusive or insulting words intending to cause someone harassment, alarm or distress. Considering that the High Court has held that shouting ‘f**k the police’ is capable of causing harassment alarm or distress, calling a cabbie a ‘sweaty, stupid, little s##t’ would be likely to fall well within the definition. Mr Mellor may have been keen to remind the cab driver of his legal background, but he may have forgotten that language like ‘shut the f##k up. Smart arsed little bas###d’ could land him on the wrong side of the dock at court.

Roland Ellis

Roland qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and was awarded higher rights of audience in 2008. Roland trained in general criminal defence before specialising in regulatory and business crime. He has been involved in some of the UK’s highest profile and complex investigations and prosecutions brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

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