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The Public Order Act 2023 came into force in May 2023 for some provisions. From 2nd July the tunnelling offences have also come into force.

New since 2nd July

  • New offence of causing serious disruption by tunnelling
  • New offence of causing serious disruption by being present in a tunnel
  • New offence of being equipped for tunnelling etc
  • New offence of obstruction etc of major transport works

New since 3rd May

  • 2 New offences of Locking On and Going Equipped to Lock On
  • New offence of Interference with use or operation of key national infrastructure
  • Changes to S.12 and S.14 – conditions on marches and assemblies

We are preparing a guide to the new legislation, please watch this space.  Netpol have a very useful explainer on their web site.


The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act (PCSC) received royal assent on 28th April 2022, many of the new powers are now in place.

You can read our guide here.

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