People are poking fun at The Times after it described the Offences Against the Person Act as a ‘Victorian-era law’

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‘They’ll have a fit when they discover where common law offences come from’

Social media users couldn’t resist indulging in a spot of Twitter-based teasing yesterday after The Times newspaper called a piece of well-known criminal legislation a “Victorian-era law”.

The description, spotted by 1KBW’s James Turner QC, appears in a short report about a 16-year-old male accused of carrying out six acid attacks in London last month.

The boy, who can’t be named for legal reasons, is facing 13 charges, six under the widely known Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (OAPA). This piece of legislation covers everything from GBH to minor assaults and features at the very beginning of LLB syllabuses.

Cue the jokes, starting with Michael Brown, a police inspector and mental health expert:

The common law is very, very old:

*Irony klaxon*


Apparently, divorce law actually dates back to the Age of Aquarius:

Though the OAPA has been and still is the go-to legislation for criminal assaults, The Times’ report appears to feed into the recent calls for new acid attack-focused laws. A spate of assaults using corrosive substances has prompted the likes of Theresa May and Sadiq Khan to float tougher sentencing guidelines and statutory reform, rather than rely on legislation enacted when acid attacks were less prevalent.

Some Twitter users don’t seem on board with this:

For others it was all just too much:

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LC, those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.



I’d like to think LC wouldn’t make a gaffe quite this grave



Are you a new reader?



Very, very concerning.


Bill the Barrister

Shakes head .. rolls eyes …. buys The Telegraph!!! ( other broadsheets are available )



It’s a tabloid nowadays, Billyboy!



Given that this is still (technically) a Christian country, I’m looking forward to The Times referring to a defendant on trial for murder as being “tried under ancient Biblical law by a theocratic state”.


Also A Journo

Doesn’t The Times have it’s own legal supplement? Surely someone working there could have checked that this story lead is not a lead at all!




I think they scrapped it.



The irony is that the Offences Against the Person Act is actually in need of an overhaul.



You really want to see s17 lost to the winds ?

Twould be a shame…. :’-(



I’m more interested in the “Pin a day good for you” headline…



Was that below the “Pint a day good for you headline”?


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