Jessica van der Meer: Paws for Thought: The High Court tackles PSPOs in a Landmark Judgment – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted April 27th, 2018 in demonstrations, dogs, local government, locus standi, news by tracey

‘The end of April 2018 was a big week for local government governance. In the same week that Ealing Council enacted a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to ban pro-life vigils from taking place outside a Marie Stopes clinic, the High Court handed down a landmark judgment dealing with PSPOs. The judgment is the first example of PSPOs being successfully challenged in the High Court.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 26th April 2018

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Protests banned outside abortion clinic in landmark vote by London council – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 11th, 2018 in abortion, demonstrations, local government, news by sally

‘Campaigners said they were “completely elated” after a West London council voted to ban protesters from demonstrating outside an abortion clinic, and were hopeful this was “just the beginning”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th April 2018

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Undercover policing inquiry: Chairman urged to quit – BBC News

Posted March 22nd, 2018 in anonymity, demonstrations, disclosure, inquiries, investigatory powers, news, police by sally

‘Campaigners have walked out of a public inquiry into undercover policing, demanding that the chairman stand down or appoint a full panel.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2018

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Opelo Kgari: Woman brought to UK from Botswana as a child 14 years ago given last-minute reprieve from deportation after being driven to Heathrow – The Independent

Posted March 5th, 2018 in children, demonstrations, deportation, detention, human rights, immigration, news by tracey

‘A woman who spoke out to The Independent about Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre just days ago has narrowly avoided deportation following an intervention by MPs.’

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The Independent, 4th March 2018

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Home Office tells women they will be deported more quickly for hunger striking – The Independent

Posted March 5th, 2018 in demonstrations, deportation, detention, human rights, immigration, news by tracey

‘The Home Office has been accused of “shocking and inhumane abuse of process” after it told vulnerable women on hunger strike about conditions at a controversial detention centre they faced “accelerated” deportation if they continued to protest.’

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The Independent, 5th March 2018

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Battle of Orgreave: more unreleased police files uncovered – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in archives, demonstrations, miners, news, police, public order, select committees by tracey

‘Unreleased files about the Battle of Orgreave from five police forces, including a contemporaneous report by a chief constable on the policing of the miner’s strike, have been uncovered by the Commons home affairs committee.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2018

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More than 100 women in Yarl’s Wood detention centre go on hunger strike over ‘inhumane’ conditions – The Independent

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in demonstrations, detention, immigration, mental health, news, women by tracey

‘More than 100 women in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre have gone on hunger strike over “inhumane” conditions at the facility. Around 120 female detainees began their protest on Wednesday, urging the Home Office to end “offensive” practices which they said leave people “breaking down psychologically” after being detained for immigration reasons.’

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The Independent, 22nd February 2018

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Transport secretary wins injunction to stop HS2 protesters – The Guardian

Posted February 20th, 2018 in demonstrations, injunctions, news, public order, railways by sally

‘The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, has been granted an injunction banning campaigners opposed to the construction of the HS2 line on an area of ancient woodland in west London from “unlawful protest” on the site.’

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The Guardian, 19th February 2018

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Shard owners seek to ban protest by Class War activist – The Guardian

Posted February 7th, 2018 in demonstrations, housing, injunctions, news by tracey

‘The owner of the Shard has sought a high court injunction to prevent a protest led by a veteran anarchist outside the 72-storey London landmark, where 10 multiple million-pound luxury apartments lie empty.’

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The Guardian, 6th February 2018

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Ealing Council paves way to ban anti-abortion protesters – BBC News

Posted January 17th, 2018 in abortion, consultations, demonstrations, local government, news by sally

‘A council has moved to ban anti-abortion protesters from outside a Marie Stopes clinic in west London.’

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BBC News, 16th January 2018

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INEOS Upstream Ltd & Ors v Persons Unknown [2017] EWHC 2945 (Ch) – Falcon Chambers

Posted December 8th, 2017 in demonstrations, energy, environmental protection, injunctions, news by sally

‘Acting for the UK’s largest holder of licences for onshore shale gas exploration, and a number of private individuals, Janet Bignell QC and Gavin Bennison have successfully obtained the long-term continuation of interim injunctions restraining a wide range of unlawful conduct by protestors opposed to hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’). The injunctions were initially obtained on an ex parte basis in July 2017, and continuation was secured with only minor modification at an opposed hearing on 12 September 2017. At a three-day hearing in November 2017 before Morgan J which attracted considerable media interest, the claimants resisted applications to discharge the injunctions brought by two well-known “anti-fracking” campaigners.’

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Falcon Chambers, December 2017

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Home Office review over harassment at abortion clinics – BBC News

‘New laws could be introduced to protect women from harassment outside abortion clinics, the Home Office has said.’

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BBC News, 26th November 2017

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The limits of protest and free speech – Legal Action

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in abortion, demonstrations, freedom of expression, harassment, news, public order by sally

‘Steve Hynes discusses the controversy surrounding anti-abortion protests outside an abortion clinic in west London and its possible implications for human rights law.’

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Legal Action, November 2017

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Antisocial behaviour ruling could halt anti-abortion protests outside clinics – The Guardian

Posted October 13th, 2017 in abortion, demonstrations, domestic violence, harassment, news by tracey

‘Anti-abortion protests outside clinics across the UK could be halted using antisocial behaviour legislation, a Labour MP has said, after her council took a significant decision to stop a group from approaching women at a west London clinic.’

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The Guardian, 12th October 2017

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Ealing abortion clinic protest ban approved – BBC News

Posted October 11th, 2017 in abortion, demonstrations, local government, London, news by tracey

‘An “unprecedented” ban on protesters outside abortion clinics could be introduced in a London borough. Councillors in Ealing overwhelmingly backed a proposal to stop anti-abortion groups protesting outside a Marie Stopes clinic in the borough.’

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BBC News, 11th October 2017

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The felling of protest? – UK Police Law Blog

‘In Sheffield City Council v Fairhall [2017] EWHC 2121 (QB), the Court has been asked to consider the extent to which the decision in DPP v Jones [1999] UKHL 5; [1999] 2 AC 240 can be relied upon as a right to conduct peaceful but disruptive protest on the highway.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 30th September 2017

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Vivienne Westwood’s son challenges Ineos injunction on fracking protest – The Guardian

Posted September 8th, 2017 in demonstrations, environmental protection, injunctions, news by tracey

‘An environmental campaigner is challenging the legality of a wide-ranging injunction obtained against protesters by a multinational firm that he criticised as being “draconian, anti-democratic and oppressive”.’

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The Guardian, 7th September 2017

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Officials “exceeded powers” when barring demonstrators from entering court – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 17th, 2017 in courts, demonstrations, HM Courts Service, news, public order by sally

‘Court officials exceeded their powers when they barred supporters of the founder of the Fathers 4 Justice pressure group from entering Aldershot Magistrates Court.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th February 2017

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Black Lives Matter Heathrow protesters found guilty – BBC News

Posted January 20th, 2017 in demonstrations, fines, news, roads by sally

‘Nine Black Lives Matter protesters who blocked a road to Heathrow Airport have been found guilty of wilful obstruction of the highway.’

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BBC News, 19th January 2017

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Farmer dumps muck outside court in protest at justice system – Daily Telegraph,

Posted January 18th, 2017 in criminal damage, demonstrations, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘A wealthy farmer dumped a lorry load of muck outside a crown court on Tuesday in protest at the “severely flawed” justice system which he claimed left him thousands of pounds out of pocket.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th January 2017

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