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Nigel I can understand your frustration and indeed it seems a complete lack of respect.
I am sorry to say that it is bad news though - A breach of the peace is not in itself a criminal offence, but the police and any other person have a power of arrest where there are reasonable grounds for believing a breach of the peace is taking place or is imminent. The Court of Appeal defined a breach of the peace as being ‘an act done or threatened to be done which either actually harms a person, or in his presence, his property, or is likely to cause such harm being done’ .
Therefore sadly whilst it is very annoying and shows no compassion or respect it would not be an offence, nor could an officer arrest for it.
I know this is not the answer you want and believe me it is certainly not the answer I want to give, but I have a duty to be honest.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Saying that it is possibly something you could take up with the Council - but may well be too late for this years Rememberance Day
You could ask the Council to instruct that next year it starts at 11:15am. If they refuse then you could take it to the Local Government Ombudsman whose website is at: www.lgo.org.uk
However sadly I think you may be too late for this year.
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