08 September 2009

Police Payout for What?

The BBC reports, "Hunt Protesters Get Police Payout" explaining that some anti-hunt protesters were arrested under, "the Trade Union Regulations Act for disrupting a lawful activity", according to the protester's solicitor.

A search for these Regulations / Act (?) didn't reveal anything sensible. However, broadening my search gave,

section 241 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, which provides,

"(1) A person commits an offence who, with a view to compelling another person to abstain from doing or to do any act which that person has a legal right to do or abstain from doing, wrongfully and without legal authority—

(a) uses violence to or intimidates that person or his wife or children, or injures his property,

(b) persistently follows that person about from place to place,

(c) hides any tools, clothes or other property owned or used by that person, or deprives him of or hinders him in the use thereof,

(d) watches or besets the house or other place where that person resides, works, carries on business or happens to be, or the approach to any such house or place, or

(e) follows that person with two or more other persons in a disorderly manner in or through any street or road.

(2) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or both.

(3) A constable may arrest without warrant anyone he reasonably suspects is committing an offence under this section.

It looks as though there has been some mis-reporting down the line. The local newspaper, the Derby Evening Telegraph reports the same story, with the same mistake. I wondered who copied from whom.

Interesting that the police are using "trade union" legislation; remember Brown using "anti-terror legislation" against the Icelandic government to retrieve monies from collapsed Icelandic banks.

I will update when I find out what supposed powers the protesters were arrested under. In the meantime, consider the payouts: one person got £ 3,500 compensation. If I came along and arrested you, under some bogus powers, would you be happy with that amount of compensation?

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