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Road obstruction / protests (1063A/23)


Can anybody block / obstruct a road as a protest? I thought there was a law against it.


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The College of Policing – Changes to legislation for policing protests | College of Policing

In addition, and in order to assist, we can confirm that the offence of wilful obstruction of a highway can be used at an officer’s discretion.

On **(..SPECIFY DATE..) at **(..SPECIFY TOWNSHIP..), without lawful authority or excuse, wilfully obstructed the free passage along a highway, namely **(..SPECIFY THE HIGHWAY..)


Contrary to section 137(1) of the Highways Act 1980


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