Regina v Smith: CACD 1997

The court described the offence of affray: ‘It typically involves a group of people who may well be shouting, struggling, threatening, waving weapons, throwing objects, exchanging and threatening blows and so on.’


Lord Bingham of Cornhill CJ


[1997] 1 Cr App R 14


Public Order Act 1986 3(1)


England and Wales

Cited by:

CitedI v Director of Public Prosecutions etc HL 8-Mar-2001
A group of youths carried petrol bombs in public, anticipating a confrontation with another group. They did not brandish them or actually threaten anybody. On dispersal by the police the bombs were dropped. On being charged with affray it was held . .
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Updated: 01 May 2022; Ref: scu.237689