A number of criminal offences introduced since 1997 appear to have duplicated existing criminal offences. For example, section 13 of the Terrorism Act 2000 makes it unlawful to wear a uniform indicating membership of a banned, terrorist organisation.
But section 1 of the Public Order Act 1936 already makes it an offence to wear a uniform signifying association with any political organisation or with the promotion of any political object.
The wording of section 1 of the POA is wider than the wording of section 13 of the TA; i.e. there are no circumstances in which the offence of wearing a uniform under the TA would not also be an offence under the Public Order Act.
This legislation duplicatees an existing offence. Moreover, since 2000, as far as I can see there have been no successful prosecutions under this section of the Terrorism Act.
In those circumstances, shouldn't it be repealed?