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A threat is a statement of an intention to cause pain, injury, damage or other hostile action. 

Important: If you are receiving threats that you feel put you in immediate danger or at risk, you should call 999 straight away.

Types of threat

  • Verbal, written or psychological harassment
  • Threats of a sexual nature
  • Racial or religious threats known as hate crime

Threats to kill

Making a threat to kill someone is a serious offence and carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment. 

  • It does not matter whether the person making the threat intends to kill; their intent has to be that the other person would fear that the threat would be carried out to kill them or another person.
  • It is not necessary for the person receiving the threat to be put in fear of injury.

Report it

To report being threatened or harassed fill in the Report a crime or incident form or visit a police station in person.