harassment of a person in his home

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Behaviour by a person in another person's home which is intended to persuade the resident not do something that he is entitled or required to do or to do something that he is not obliged to do. Under s 42 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, a police constable has the power to direct a person to move away from another person's home if that person is present for the purpose of harassment. The section was amended by the Serious Organized Crime and Police Act 2005 so as to make it an offence for a person, where he is subject to a direction to leave the vicinity, to return within a specified period of up to three months. The 2005 Act also inserts a new s 42A to criminalize behaviour of broadly the same kind as that which currently enables the police to issue a direction under s 42.

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