Meade and Belt (1823)
Victim's house was surrounded by an angry mob singing songs.
No singing or words are equivalent to an assault (old case)
The victim was followed down the alley 'get the knoves out'
The words alone can amount to an assault
If it were not for the Assize time, i would not take such language from you.
Words may cancel out threatening gestures.
Held a shovel over his wife's head and said 'if it were not for the bloody police outside i would split your head open'
Police could go away quickly and the assault could become an immediate one
Read v Cooker (1853)
A conditional assault where an individual was told to leave or have his neck broken is still an assault.