There are a number of things that you can do to limit these types of calls, ranging from contacting your telephone service provider to changing your number.
There is also legislation specifically aimed at nuisance calls which we'll discuss below.
It can cover a wide range of conduct and behaviours, including racial or religious motivated harassment, and could also be used to prosecute certain types of anti-social behaviour where these amount to 'harassment', such as playing loud music, barking dogs or noisy house repairs.
In England and Wales, it is an also offence to cause harassment, alarm or distress under the Public Order Act 1986.
If the offence is committed with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress, the offender can be given 6 months' imprisonment or a fine. S1 (1) of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and Article 3(1) of the Protection from Harassment (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 state: A person must not pursue a course of conduct: Harassment is defined as causing alarm or causing distress, and a course of conduct which can include speech must involve conduct on at least 2 occasions.
The incidents do not have to involve the same type of behaviour on both occasions.