Archive for the 'public order' Category

Kettling of G20 protesters by police was illegal, high court rules – The Guardian

“The high court has ruled that the Metropolitan police broke the law in the way they ‘kettled’ protesters at the G20 demonstrations in 2009.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

London G20 demo: ‘Kettling’ tactic ruling due – BBC News

“A High Court ruling on whether police in London acted lawfully when they used “kettling” tactics at the G20 protests two years ago is expected later.

Full story

BBC News, 14th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Police may be given new powers after cuts protest, says home secretary – The Guardian

“The government will consider giving the police new powers, including the banning of face coverings, following the weekend’s anti-cuts march, the home secretary, Theresa May, has said.”

Full story

The Guardian, 28th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Police ‘illegally’ kettled peaceful G20 protesters for four hours, court hears – The Guardian

“Police officers illegally kettled peaceful climate activists at the G20 protests in 2009 to stop their gathering being ‘hijacked’ by violent protesters from another demonstration, the high court has heard.”

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Man guilty of burning poppies at Armistice Day protest – BBC News

“A man has been found guilty of burning poppies at a protest in west London on Armistice Day.”

Full story

BBC News, 7th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Acpo chief calls for judicial oversight of undercover police operations – The Guardian

“Sir Hugh Orde, president of Association of Chief Police Officers, says benefits of judicial oversight of future operations would ‘far outweigh additional administrative burden’.”

Full story

The Guardian, 7th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Teenager cleared of throwing can at Facebook party – The Independent

“A judge threw out the case against a teenager accused of throwing a beer can at police outside a party invaded by 200 gatecrashers after it was advertised on Facebook.”

Full story

The Independent, 6th July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Was it necessary to turn an insult involving coconuts into a criminal prosecution? – Daily Telegraph

“In a heated council debate, Shirley Brown called her colleague a ‘coconut’ and has since been convicted under the Public Order Act. Elizabeth Grice reports.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 30th June 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Charge against ‘gay sin’ preacher dropped – BBC News

“Charges have been dropped against a Christian preacher who told a police officer homosexuality was ‘a sin’.”

Full story

BBC News, 17th May 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Snoop Dogg: US rapper wins £100,000 legal fight to visit Britain – Daily Telegraph

“The controversial American rapper, Snoop Dogg, has won an expensive legal battle against the British government, after it tried to ban him from visiting the country.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 9th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Pair found guilty over Luton ‘scum’ protest – BBC News

“Two men who shouted ‘scum, scum, scum’ at Muslim protestors during a soldiers’ homecoming parade have been convicted of committing a public order offence.”

Full story

BBC News, 5th March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina v NW – WLR Daily

Regina v NW [2010] EWCA Crim 404; [2010] WLR (D) 62

“The words ‘present together’ in the expression ‘Where three or more persons who are present together’ in s 2(1) of the Public Order Act 1986 denoted no more than that the persons concerned were in the same place at the same time.”

WLR Daily, 4th March 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Three not guilty over Birmingham riot death – BBC News

“Three men accused of murdering a 23-year-old man during riots in Birmingham have been found not guilty.”

Full story

BBC News, 17th February 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Football fans banned after FA Cup derby violence – BBC News

“Four fans have been given football banning orders following the violence in Southampton after the FA Cup tie against rivals Portsmouth.”

Full story

BBC News, 15th February 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Match ban for Bellamy clash fan – BBC News

“A fan who ran on to the Old Trafford pitch and was shoved by Manchester City’s Craig Bellamy has been banned from all matches for three years.”

Full story

BBC News, 30th September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

When does public nakedness become a crime? – BBC News

“A man who stood naked on a Trafalgar Square plinth was not breaking the law say police, so when does being naked in public become a crime?”

Full story

BBC News, 3rd September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina (Wood) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis – Times Law Reports

Regina (Wood) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Court of Appeal

“Justification for state interference with the right to privacy had to be the more compelling where that interference was in pursuit of the protection of the community from the risk of public disorder or low level crime as against the danger of terrorism or really serious criminal activity.”

The Times, 1st June 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Lawyers to fight bail conditions that ‘stifle’ climate protests – The Guardian

“Lawyers representing climate change protesters who were arrested in parliament last week are to mount a legal challenge against bail conditions that were imposed, they say, to ‘stifle’ future protest by their clients.”

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd May 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

IPCC chairman calls for public order debate – The Independent

“The head of the police complaints watchdog is calling for a national debate on how officers maintain public order after revealing nearly 90 complaints had been received about the use of force at the G20 protests.”

Full story

The Independent, 19th April 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Lettuce nose-stuffer avoids jail – BBC News

“A West Midlands sandwich bar worker who was prosecuted after footage of him stuffing lettuce up his nose appeared on YouTube has avoided a jail term.”

Full story

BBC News, 11th March 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Father jailed for taking on drug dealer – Daily Telegraph

“A father was jailed for storming into a drug dealer’s home and flushing his heroin stash down the toilet.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 17th February 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Kay v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis – WLR Daily

Kay v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2008] UKHL 69; [2008] WLR (D) 00; [2008] WLR (D) 369

A procession could be ‘commonly or customarily held’, so as to be exempt from the requirement to give advance notice to the police under s 11 of the Public Order Act 1986, even though on each occasion it took a different route.”

WLR Daily, 27th November 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Regina (Kay) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis – Times Law Reports

Regina (Kay) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

House of Lords

“Since a procession could be commonly or customarily held even though on each occasion it took a different route, a monthly mass cycle ride through London which set off from a fixed starting place but the route of which was determined by whoever happened to be at the front at any one time was such a procession so as to be excluded from the statutory requirement for organisers of public processions to give the police prior notice of the event.”

The Times, 27th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Law Lords block police bid to stop critical mass cyclists – The Independent

“Police attempts to outlaw the monthly Critical Mass cycle ride through the streets of London unless its route was notified in advance were blocked by the Law Lords today.”

Full story

The Independent, 26th November 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

E v Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and Another – Times Law Reports

E v Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and Another

House of Lords

“The positive obligation imposed on the state by article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights to prevent the infliction by third parties of inhuman or degrading treatment was not unqualified and absolute. It was an obligation to do all that was reasonably to be expected to avoid a real or immediate risk to an individual once the existence of that risk was known or ought to have been known.”

The Times, 19th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

E v Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and another (Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission intervening) – WLR Daily

E v Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and another (Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission intervening) [2008] UKHL 66; [2008] WLR (D) 351

“The positive obligation imposed on the state and its emanations by art 3 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms to prevent the infliction by third parties of inhuman or degrading treatment was not unqualified, and was an obligation to do all that was reasonably to be expected to avoid a real or immediate risk to an individual once the existence of that risk was known or ought to have been known.”

WLR Daily, 12th November 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Lap dancing clubs ‘no trouble’ – BBC News

“Police find it difficult to close down lap dancing clubs because their customers are usually well-behaved, a vice squad chief has told MPs.”

Full story

BBC News, 14th October 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

24-hour drink law has not cut violence, say frontline workers – The Times

“The Government’s attempt to reduce alcohol-related disorder by introducing 24-hour drinking has failed dismally, according to a survey.”

Full story

The Times, 1st July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Anti-Bush protesters to defy march ban – The Guardian

“Anti-war campaigners said today that they would defy a ban on a planned march to Downing Street at the weekend to protest at the visit by the US president, George Bush.”

Full story

The Guardian, 10th June 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Scientology protest: Liberty challenges police over summons – The Guardian

“The police force that issued a teenager with a court summons for calling Scientology a cult could face a judicial review over the legality of its policing guidelines.”

Full story

The Guardian, 28th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Teenager faces prosecution for calling Scientology ‘cult’ – The Guardian

“A teenager is facing prosecution for using the word ‘cult’ to describe the Church of Scientology.”

Full story

The Guardian, 20th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Train riot football thugs jailed – BBC News

“Football hooligans who attacked rival fans on a train packed with passengers have been jailed.”

Full story

BBC News, 13th March 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

S v Director of Public Prosecutions – WLR Daily

S v Director of Public Prosecutions

The offence under section 4A(1)(b) of the Public Order Act 1986 of displaying, with intent to cause a person harassment, alarm or distress, a visible representation which is threatening, abusive or insulting, thereby causing that or another person harassment, alarm or distress, may be established even where the harassment, alarm or distress crystallises only at the date several months after the act of displaying and at the instance of action by a police officer.”

WLR Daily, 14th February 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Man jailed for heart attack – BBC News

“A man has been jailed for blocking the path of an ambulance carrying a dying heart attack victim to hospital.”

Full story

BBC News, 20th December 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Austin and Another v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis – Times Law Reports

Police had good defence to unlawful detention claim

Austin and Another v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Court of Appeal

“It was lawful only in extreme and exceptional circumstances for the police to contain demonstrators and members of the public caught up in that demonstration who themselves did not appear to be about to commit a breach of the peace. Containment was lawful only where it was necessary to prevent others from committing an imminent breach of the peace and there was no other way to achieve that.”

The Times, 29th October 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Austin and another v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis – WLR Daily

Austin and another v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

“In extreme and exceptional circumstances it was lawful for the police to contain demonstrators and members of the public caught up in that demonstration even though they themselves did not appear to be about to commit a breach of the peace, where it was necessary to prevent an imminent breach of the peace by others, and no other means would achieve that.”

WLR Daily, 18th October 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note: once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Government consults on reform of Penalty Notice for Disorder (PND) scheme – Ministry of Justice

“This is a consultation on the proposal to allow police forces to design the format of their fixed penalty notices and remove obstacles presented by the issue of electronic tickets.”

Announcement

Ministry of Justice, 29th August 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

What can’t you have on a T-shirt? – BBC News

“A man is risking a fine for having an “offensive” slogan on his T-shirt. So, what can you print on one?”

Full story

BBC News, 13th August 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Can the broadcaster or the makers be prosecuted? – Daily Telegraph

“Under Section 22 of the Public Order Act 1986, a broadcaster can be prosecuted for airing a programme including material likely to stir up racial hatred.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 9th August 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Man cautioned for pinching TV journalist’s bottom on air – The Times

“The man who pinched a journalist’s bottom on live national television was given a police caution yesterday, and said that the prank had been a drink-fuelled effort to ‘brighten up’ the mood during last month’s floods.”

Full story

The Times, 2nd August 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Six guilty over city race riots – BBC News

“Five men and a 15-year-old boy have been found guilty of criminal charges in connection with race riots which broke out in Birmingham in 2005.”

Full story

BBC News, 18th July 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina (Kay) v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis – Times Law Reports

Monthly mass cycle rides require notice to police

Regina (Kay) v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Court of Appeal

“Because they followed no fixed route, monthly campaigning cycle rides through central London could not be considered commonly and customarily held processions and therefore the organisers were required to give the police prior notice of the names of organisers, date and start time and intended route.”

The Times, 13th June 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Kay v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis – WLR Daily

Kay v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

“Since no fixed route was followed the monthly mass cycle rides through central London could not be considered commonly or customarily held processions and therefore the organisers were required to give the police prior notice of the names of organisers, date and start time and intended route.”

WLR Daily, 21st May 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk 

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.


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