26 November 2014 / by News/ in
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.