It is often the case that following a public incident that the police will arrest people for an offence under the public order act. This can range from the most minor of offences such as using insulting behaviour to the most serious such as affray, violent disorder or riot. It is easy for a person to find themselves under investigation even when they may just be an innocent bystander or the victim of a false allegation.

Prosecutions will often follow where there is any suggestion that the offence is racially or religiously aggravated. It is important that you get early expert advice to assist you with your defence