Met only authorised baton rounds for black-led events, FOI reveals – The Guardian

‘The only events for which Metropolitan police chiefs authorised the potential use of baton rounds in the past six years were black-led gatherings, documents show.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2023

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Offensive football fans warned they face match bans for abuse about tragedies – The Independent

Posted August 7th, 2023 in codes of practice, Crown Prosecution Service, news, public order, sport by tracey

‘Football fans could be banned from games, including next year’s European Championships, if they mock tragedies such as the Hillsborough disaster, the Munich air crash, Bradford Fire or the death of Emiliano Sala in a plane crash.’

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The Independent, 7th August 2023

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Research Briefing: Alcohol licensing: how to object to a licence – House of Commons Library

‘This Briefing looks at how people can object to alcohol licences in England and Wales.’

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House of Commons Library , 4th July 2023

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Protests: Police powers to stop new tactics come into effect – BBC News

‘New measures aimed at curbing protest methods often used by environmental groups have come into effect.’

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BBC News, 2nd July 2023

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Liberty launches judicial review challenge arguing protest law is “unjustified interference” with Parliamentary sovereignty – Local Government Lawyer

‘The National Council for Civil Liberties, also known as Liberty, is threatening a judicial review of the Home Secretary’s efforts to widen the circumstances in which the police can impose conditions on people organising or taking part in protests.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th June 2023

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The Coronation, the Public Order Act 2023 and ‘Free Speech’ – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted May 11th, 2023 in demonstrations, freedom of expression, news, public order, royal family by sally

‘In recent years, a lot has been written about “the right to protest” and “the right to free speech” in the UK. Yet neither phrase appears in the latest Public Order Act, which became law on 2nd May 2023. The absence of those phrases is unsurprising. First, neither phrase is precise enough for legal drafting. Second, the Tory government behind the 2023 Act wishes to avoid these conceptual problems by painting a picture of protest movements gone wild. In this post, I consider the new Act amid reports of its use during the coronation. From this early case study, we see a dangerous illustration of what is yet to come.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 9th May 2023

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Posted May 3rd, 2023 in ballots, housing, legislation, public order by tracey

2023 c. 15 – Public Order Act 2023

2023 c. 12 – Ballot Secrecy Act 2023

2023 c. 11 – Mobile Homes (Pitch Fees) Act 2023

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

‘Hostile, authoritarian’ UK downgraded in civic freedoms index – The Guardian

‘The UK has been downgraded in an annual global index of civic freedoms as a result of the government’s “increasingly authoritarian” drive to impose restrictive and punitive laws on public protests.’

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The Guardian, 16th March 2023

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What are the new developments with football banning orders? – The Independent

Posted March 15th, 2023 in football banning orders, internet, news, public order, racism, sport by sally

‘Legislation introduced last year has been used for the first time to hand a football fan a three-year banning order for racially abusing Premier League striker Ivan Toney online.’

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The Independent, 14th March 2023

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The Public Order Bill Set To Become Law: Know Your Rights – Each Other

Posted March 9th, 2023 in abortion, bills, media, news, public order, stop and search by sally

‘The controversial Public Order Bill is receiving final amendments from Parliament and will receive Royal Assent before becoming an official Act. Here is what those amendments mean for your rights.’

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Each Other, 8th March 2023

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Public Order Bill: Peers defeat plans to curb protest disruption – BBC News

Posted February 8th, 2023 in bills, demonstrations, freedom of expression, human rights, news, police, public order by sally

‘The House of Lords has overturned plans to clamp down on protest marches that cause too much disruption.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2023

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New plans to widen police powers for disruptive protests – BBC News

‘Police could be allowed to shut down protests before they cause serious disruption, under new government plans.’

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BBC News, 15th January 2023

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Football banning orders in England and Wales up 230% on last season – The Guardian

‘Football banning orders issued in relation to matches in England and Wales have increased notably in the first half of this season compared with the same period last season, according to police figures.’

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The Guardian, 12th January 2023

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Leicester disorder: Second man sentenced cites social media influence – BBC News

‘A man sentenced for carrying a knife at a protest in Leicester at the weekend said he was influenced by social media.’

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BBC News, 20th September 2022

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CPS sets out the law on street-based sexual harassment – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Street harassment such as cyber-flashing, up-skirting or the exposure of genitals in a public place are crimes which can and will be prosecuted the CPS has stressed, as new legal guidance is published today.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 8th August 2022

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Six convicted of abusing BBC Newsnight journalist during protest – The Guardian

Posted August 2nd, 2022 in BBC, coronavirus, demonstrations, media, news, public order, threatening behaviour by tracey

‘Five men and a woman who verbally abused a BBC journalist at a protest have been convicted of a public order offence, according to police.’

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The Guardian, 2nd August 2022

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The Public Order Bill ‘Fundamentally Threatens’ UK Democracy – Each Other

Posted June 16th, 2022 in bills, freedom of expression, human rights, news, public order by sally

‘In the UK, there are several Bills and Acts that may threaten the right to free speech under UK and international law, including the Public Order Bill, The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022, The Online Safety Bill to name a few. The right to free speech is protected under Article 10 of the the Human Rights Act (HRA) and under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Freedom of speech protects the right to express and disseminate opinions, ideas and information through any means, as well as providing a tool to hold authorities to account. Quinn McKew, Executive Director of advocacy group Article 19, tells us how the Public Order Bill threatens democracy in the UK.’

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Each Other, 15th June 2022

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Priti Patel outlaws dangerous tunnelling protests – Home Office”

Posted June 13th, 2022 in bills, demonstrations, government departments, news, public order by tracey

‘Dangerous tunnelling by protesters will be banned under a new law announced by the Home Secretary today (Tuesday 7 June), as the government acts to end the serious disruption and risk to life this guerrilla protest tactic poses.’

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Home Office, 7th June 2022

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New calls for buffer zones around UK abortion clinics – BBC News

Posted May 31st, 2022 in abortion, demonstrations, news, public order by sally

‘Medical leaders in the UK have launched a fresh call for buffer zones to be set up around abortion clinics to prevent activists targeting patients and staff.’

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BBC News, 30th May 2022

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Margaret Thatcher statue egg-thrower Jeremy Webster fined – BBC News

Posted May 27th, 2022 in fines, monuments, news, political parties, public order by sally

‘A university arts chief who threw eggs at a statue of Margaret Thatcher within hours of its installation has been fined £90.’

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BBC News, 26th May 2022

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