We have looked previously at people who have been nicked for wearing an offensive t-shirt, and on 31st May 2016 there is another example.
Paul Grange, a 50 year old man from Worcester turned up to a pub in his local area with a t-shirt with the slogan “HILLSBOROUGH – Gods way of helping RENTOKILL” (the BBC were slightly coy in blocking out the words on his t-shirt and not reporting what they actually were).
Perhaps unsurprisingly he was kicked out. It seems some photos were taken and, this being 2016, twitter did its thing.
As a result of the publicity, Mr Grange was arrested. He was been charged with an offence under s5 Public Order Act 1986 – displaying ‘any writing‘ which is ‘threatening or abusive within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress‘.
Mr Grange has been bailed to attend the Magistrates’ Court at a date in July to be confirmed. Although magistrates are less susceptible to media than juries potentially are, we will hold fire on this until it has been to Court.