The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (“the 2012 Act”) creates five new criminal offences:
- Section 142 - offences of threatening with article with blade or point or offensive weapon in public or on school premises (sec 142 creates two new offences)
- Section 143 - offence of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
- Section 144 - offence of squatting in a residential building.
- Section 146 - offence of buying scrap metal for cash etc.
The offences under sections 142, 143 and 146 are being brought into force on 3 December 2012.
This circular provides summary and background information about sections 142 and 143 as well as details of the offence and penalties.