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Royal Assent for Offensive Behaviour Bill 27/01/2012 The Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act has now received Royal Assent.

Royal Assent for Offensive Behaviour Bill

The Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act has now received Royal Assent.

The Act will give Scotland's police and prosecutors additional powers to prevent ‘poisonous songs of hatred’ occurring at Scottish football matches and threats of harm being posted on the internet.

The new laws create two new distinct offences, punishable through a range of penalties up to a maximum five-year prison sentence:

  • The first offence targets any offensive and threatening behaviour expressed at and around football matches which is likely to cause public disorder.
  • The second offence relates to the communication of threats of serious harm or which are intended to stir up religious hatred on the internet or other communications.
The Scottish Government is now introducing a commencement order to bring the new laws into force on 1st March 2012.

"These new laws will give Scotland's police and prosecutors the additional tools they have asked for to extract poisonous songs of hatred from Scottish football and threats of harm being posted on the internet,” said Roseanna Cunningham, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs. "The passing of this Act sends out an important message about the kind of Scotland we want to live in and tells the bigots in no uncertain terms that this behaviour will not be tolerated in a modern Scotland.”

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