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Piracy or stowaways

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The offence does still exist but appears to be a little outdated 

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piracy_Act_1837&ved=2ahUKEwi-kNW077ffAhUMWxoKHZhbCdUQFjABegQIDhAE&usg=AOvVaw0I3lAscGJKjdo4bjDeD6jD

The CPS seems to prefer hijacking as a more general term. 

https://www.cps.gov.uk/legal-guidance/transport-offences

Perhaps in this case affray was the simplest option as it allows for the speediest expulsion after sentencing and least cost to the tax-payer. Ed

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15 hours ago, DucdeNormandie said:

also piracy relates to the  high seas and they were in British territorial waters I think when  the incident occured.

How convenient! 🤣 

But anyway, and to paraphrase Monty Python with a date-appropriate comment, 'they are not son-of-gun pirates, just very naughty boys!' 

Ed. 

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