Violent Disorder and is a serious ‘behavioural offence’ of the Public Order Act (POA).
Violent Disorder (section 2 POA) is committed where 3 or more persons together, use or threaten unlawful violence that taken together could “cause a person of reasonable firmness to fear for their safety”. The person does not have to be present,
The 3 people involved do not need to co-operate with each other they just need to be present in the same area at the time the offence is committed.
The maximum penalty is 5 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine.
Sentencing starting point: roughly 25% chance of custodial sentence, approx. 6 months, otherwise suspended sentence or Community Punishment Order.