Met police threaten to arrest entire UVW strike picket (again!)

For the second day in a row, officers from the Met threatened to arrest all those participating in a United Voices of the World (UVW) strike picket outside St. George’s University Hospital in Tooting. Citing s119 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, Met officers claimed that the picket was an illegal nuisance on

Travelling to the COP25 summit in Madrid? Make sure you know your rights

If you are planning to travel from Britain to protests at the United Nations COP25 climate change conference in Madrid, which begins next week, it is important that you know about the Spanish state’s approach to freedom of assembly and in particular the extremely draconian Basic Law for the Protection of Public Security (Ley Orgánica

Want to annoy the cops? Then bung a few quid at Netpol

The Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) turned 10 this week and, instead of presents, they’re asking for cash. Carl Spender is here to tell us why we should all dig deep. For those not in-the-know: Netpol are the country’s premiere cop-watchers. Their job – which they do damned well – is to monitor what the

Legal: can I hide my face from police facial recognition camera?

You’ve probably seen the headline: “Police fine man for hiding his face from facial recognition camera”. Sounds bad right? An ordinary bloke in Romford gets fined £90 for just trying to protect his privacy from indiscriminate police surveillance. It’s a story seemingly designed to unite chemtrail huffing anti-vaxxers and comment-section-Dads in a rousing chorus of

No jail for Stansted 15!

Sentences have been confirmed for the activists who halted a major deportation flight out of Stansted. Twelve defendants have been handed 100 hours of community service each today (victim surcharge of £85), while the other three, who had a prior history of similar activism, got nine month sentences, suspended for 18 months (surcharges of £115)