Home | Friday 5th February 2010 | Issue 708
STOP 'N' SUE
Climate campers from the 2008 Kingsnorth power station protest have won a High Court ruling branding the stop and search tactics used by police ‘unlawful’ and in violation of three Articles in the European Human Rights Constitution; the right to privacy, freedom of expression and freedom of association.
The police operation at Kingsnorth was the largest and most expensive of its kind in UK history. Kent Police admitted ‘total surrender’ after it was revealed that top brass were giving orders for blanket stop and searches in briefings.
The decision has now opened the way for the other 3,500 people that were stopped and frisked at the gathering to sue the police and submit claims for damages.