Houghton v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester: 1986

An off-duty policeman was returning from a fancy dress party in a policeman’s uniform, carrying a truncheon. The issue arose in the course as to whether or not that would constitute an offence.
Held: The words ‘reasonable excuse’ in section 1(1) were wide enough to enable the off-duty police officer to be not criminally liable under section 1, because he had a ‘reasonable excuse’ for carrying the truncheon.


[1986] 84 Cr App R 31


Prevention of Crime Act 1953 1


England and Wales

Cited by:

CitedDirector of Public Prosecutions v Patterson Admn 19-Oct-2004
Prosecutor’s appeal against dismissal of charge for possession of offensive weapon. The defendant had a butterfly knife with him when arrested. the respondent went with his father to a shopping precinct at 3 o’clock on the day concerned and that he . .
CitedK P Warne v Director of Public Prosecutions Admn 3-Jun-1997
Appeal against conviction for possessing an offensive weapon in a public place, in this case a pickaxe handle. The magistrates had found it adapted for causing injury by the removal of the head.
Held: Such an implement ould nt be held to e . .
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Crime, Torts – Other

Updated: 30 April 2022; Ref: scu.220011