Police take legal action against former officer who had child with activist – The Guardian

‘Police chiefs are taking legal action against one of their former undercover officers who fathered a child during his covert infiltration of leftwing groups and then abandoned him.’

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The Guardian, 14th May 2019

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Extinction Rebellion founder cleared over King’s College protest – The Guardian

‘The founder of Extinction Rebellion has been cleared by a jury of all charges relating to a protest against fossil fuels in what campaigners say is a historic moment for the climate justice movement.’

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The Guardian, 9th May 2019

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Police call for change to ‘outdated’ protest laws after MPs threatened over Brexit – The Independent

Posted April 25th, 2019 in brexit, demonstrations, news, parliament, police, public order by tracey

‘A senior police officer has called for the government to change “outdated” protest laws amid a rise in threats against MPs. In the wake of protests by the UK “yellow vests” and other Brexit-related groups stationed outside parliament, Metropolitan Police commander Adrian Usher said officers were struggling to enforce current laws.’

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The Independent, 24th April 2019

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Prosecutors threaten trial walk-outs in CPS pay row – BBC News

‘Criminal barristers in England and Wales are threatening to walk out of trials or refuse new work over a pay row with the Crown Prosecution Service.’

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BBC News, 23rd April 2019

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“Persons unknown” injunctions against future protest action – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In Boyd & Anor v Ineos Upstream Ltd & Ors [2019] EWCA Civ 515, the Court of Appeal handed down a fascinating judgment exploring the tension between the exercise of the rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression and the protection of property rights.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th April 2019

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Ofcom investigating ‘white people’ remark by Jon Snow – The Guardian

Posted April 9th, 2019 in brexit, complaints, demonstrations, media, news by sally

‘The media regulator has launched an investigation into comments made by the Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow, who said of a pro-Brexit protest that he had “never seen so many white people in one place”.’

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The Guardian, 8th April 2019

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Protesters hail legal victory over fracking firm’s injunction – The Guardian

Posted April 4th, 2019 in appeals, demonstrations, energy, environmental protection, injunctions, news by sally

‘Campaigners have hailed a legal victory against a multinational company that took out a “draconian and anti-democratic” injunction against protesters.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2019

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Mixed fortunes for UK government in planning rulings – OUT-LAW.com

‘The UK government has successfully defended a legal challenge against its decision to adopt a new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in England last year, but guidance contained in that framework concerning ‘fracking’ has been ruled to be unlawful.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th March 2019

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Fracking: Government guidance ‘unlawful’ rules High Court – BBC News

‘New government guidance on fracking is unlawful, the High Court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 6th March 2019

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Battle of Orgreave: Home Office rejects independent review – The Guardian

Posted March 5th, 2019 in demonstrations, industrial action, inquiries, miners, news, police, violence by tracey

‘The home secretary has rejected an offer by the bishop of Sheffield to set up an independent panel to examine events surrounding the “battle of Orgreave”, one if the most brutal clashes between police and miners during the 1984 miners’ strike.’

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The Guardian, 4th March 2019

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Bailiffs move in on Heathrow runway protest camp – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2019 in airports, demonstrations, judicial review, news, trespass by tracey

‘Move to evict protesters who have squatted site since 2010 comes days before judicial review of third runway plans.’

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The Guardian, 27th February 2019

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Is it OK to call my MP a Nazi? – Doughty Street Chambers

‘Colleague Joel Bennathan QC notes the increase in reports of abuse of those in public life, notably the recent “Nazi” slurs levelled against Anna Soubry MP in the street. But is that kind of behaviour a crime, and were the police at fault for not intervening at the time?’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 11th January 2019

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Stansted 15: no jail for activists convicted of terror-related offences – The Guardian

‘Fifteen activists convicted of a terrorism-related offence for chaining themselves around an immigration removal flight at Stansted airport have received suspended sentences or community orders.’

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The Guardian, 6th February 2019

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‘Free speech’ guidance issued for universities’ – OUT-LAW.com

‘Universities could be breaking the law if they, or their students’ unions, hold speaking events on campus and refuse to allow certain people or groups to put across their views, according to new ‘free speech’ guidance.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th February 2019

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Sheffield tree protesters win wrongful arrest payout – The Guardian

‘Campaigners who were wrongfully detained while protesting against tree felling in Sheffield have been given a £24,300 payout by South Yorkshire police.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2019

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Protester wins fight to wipe political activities from police database – The Guardian

Posted January 25th, 2019 in criminal records, data protection, demonstrations, human rights, news, police by tracey

‘A 94-year-old peaceful protester has won an eight-year legal battle to force the police to delete details of his political activities from a secretive database. On Thursday, the European court of human rights ruled in favour of John Catt, noting he “had never been convicted of any offence and his risk of violent criminality was remote”.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2019

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Court of Appeal to hear legal challenge over ‘safe zone’ around abortion clinic – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 15th, 2019 in abortion, demonstrations, local government, news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has granted permission to appeal to claimants who unsuccessfully challenged Ealing Council’s decision to introduce – through a public spaces protection order – a “safe zone” outside an abortion clinic.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th January 2019

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Parliament moves towards special inquiry into abuse of MPs – The Guardian

‘Parliament is moving towards a special inquiry into the abuse and harassment of MPs after repeated threats and other forms of intimidation in relation to Brexit and other issues.’

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The Guardian, 9th January 2019

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Stansted 15 activists vow to overcome ‘dark, dark day for the right to protest’ – The Guardian

‘The Stansted 15 expected to face retribution for their protest. They never expected to be found guilty of terrorism offences.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2018

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Lawyers for a People’s Vote – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted October 23rd, 2018 in barristers, brexit, demonstrations, news, referendums, solicitors by sally

‘Lawyers for a People’s Vote has been established to support the calls for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal negotiated by the Government.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 22nd October 2018

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