12 YEAR-OLD BEING RUDE TO POLICE OFFICER~INTENTION TO CAUSE DISTRESS

A youth court erred in concluding that a youth who made masturbation gestures towards a police officer and called him a “wanker” was guilty of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress contrary to the Public Order Act 1986 s.4A , as there was no evidence that the police officer had been caused emotional disturbance or upset by the behaviour or that the youth intended to cause distress.

[2006] EWHC 1375 (Admin)