Police admit UKuncut arrests made for ‘intelligence gathering’


2:04 pm - April 8th 2011

by Sunny Hundal    


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A senior police officer has admitted, while giving evidence to MPs, that “intelligence gathering” was one of the main reasons that UKuncut protesters were arrested at the March 26th demonstration.

UKuncut had already accused the Met of politically-driven arrests. This is the first time an admission has been made publicly that the main reason for arrests was not crime prevention but “intelligence gathering”.

Lynne Owens, QPM MA, Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police, said this while giving evidence on what took place on the day.
(The oral evidence given on the day has just been published)

On intelligence gathering (emphasis ours)

Lynne Owens: We did do, contrary to all the commentary, a fairly significant amount of pre-event work on known groups of people, and indeed a number of arrests were made as part of that process. Do we now need to build on that intelligence picture? Yes, we do.

It is why the fact that we arrested as many people as we did is so important to us because that obviously gives us some really important intelligence opportunities.

I think it is interesting, and perhaps somewhat ironic, that we find ourselves in this position where we are being asked questions about intelligence pictures where less than a month ago we were being asked about whether it was proportionate to deploy undercover officers in public protests and public order situations. So I think there is something for the police service about getting the balance right.

We do need to improve the intelligence picture, but our ability to arrest over 200 people at the weekend gives us a very good starting point in terms of building that picture.

What intelligence is the police trying to glean from a group of peaceful protesters, and from a movement that has always participated in non-violent actions?

On UKuncut and ‘violence’ inside the store

Q14 Mr Winnick: Needless to say there are no apologists in this House for thuggery. We were all shocked by what we saw on the television screen. What I want to ask you is regarding the complaints of the organisation-if it is an organisation or group-UK Uncut. They occupied Fortnum & Masons. I am not saying what they did was right, but they occupied it. As far as one can tell, what they stated was that there was absolutely no violence on their part and they claim that they were told if they came out they would not be arrested because there had been no violence on their part, and they were arrested. Could you comment on that?

Lynne Owens: Yes. I have to be quite careful about what I say about Fortnum & Mason, because some of the people who have been charged have been charged from that venue. But what I would say is that some of the commentary we have seen, which is trying to draw a very clear line between anarchists and UK Uncut, isn’t as simple as we saw it operate on the day. The very fact that we have charged that number of people with aggravated trespass hopefully is an indication to this Committee that we do believe, and we have the support of CPS in believing, that significant criminal offences were committed and it is not a truism to say they were unmasked and they were acting peacefully.

Q15 Mr Clappison: Fortnum & Mason presumably would otherwise have been open for business on Saturday and they had their business disrupted, if nothing else. Without commenting about particular offences by people, was there damage caused in Fortnum & Mason?

Lynne Owens: There was damage caused on the outside. I think you will have seen the wide coverage of it, and it is our current understanding that people consumed some of the goods that were in the store, so in other words theft.

In response to the “theft” point, Cath Elliott says on her blog that this is a ridiculous excuse.
“If Lynne Owens wants to arrest a truck load of people for consuming goods inside a food store she pop along to my local Tesco’s, where on any given day of the week numerous people can be found (usually toddlers, but hey, no one’s above the law, right?) wandering the aisles while chowing down on crisps, biscuits, and assorted other sundry items they’ve picked off the shelves.”

For maybe some theft (though there’s no evidence of this), people were stripped of their clothes, put in cells for 24 hours and had their mobile phones confiscated. Is that proportionate policing?

On police lies (the question is ignored)

Q18 Dr Huppert: Firstly, let me say that I share the concern about the allegations that the police lied to some of the occupiers there. I assume that you will be looking into what happened and if police did lie to people, then that wouldn’t be considered appropriate.

Can I move on to the broader issue, because I had the privilege of seeing you a few weeks ago at the Joint Commission on Human Rights where we had a very detailed discussion with you and the TUC about the plans for this. It is very interesting to compare before and after and have a look through the comments. Firstly, in terms of the planning for the operation, with hindsight do you think there is any more that you or the TUC could have done to arrange the whole protest better?

Lynne Owens: No, in terms of the main process that is why we are saying we think it is a successful operation. We are clearly saddened that some criminals chose to come to London and cause damage, but the operation was a success and much of that was due to the planning that we had with the TUC.

The oral evidence session also features MPs asking Lynne Owens if the police needed (and could ask for) more powers to police the Royal Wedding.

Because, of course, the one thing the police is lacking is police powers in order to do their job.

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I love the Uniform Dating ‘date a policewoman’ advert I get with this article.

OP,

Rightly or wrongly, disrupting the business of the store is a criminal offence. ISTM people need to stop feigning* shock at arrests on suspicion of committing criminal offences.

In relation to the alleged theft, as I understand it no-one has been charged with theft, so this accusation seems straight out of nowhere.

On police lies (the question is ignored)

No, it’s sort of addressed later at Q40, but not satisfactorily.

Looking at the supposed amount of violence and vandalism and comparing it to the proportion of arrests that were of the F&M protesters, the latter seems disproportionate.

* I hope it’s feigned shock.

3. Chaise Guevara

@ 2 ukliberty

“ISTM people need to stop feigning* shock at arrests on suspicion of committing criminal offences. ”

Mine too. But in the context of the article: I find it worrying that a police spokesperson would say something like: “our ability to arrest over 200 people at the weekend gives us a very good starting point in terms of building that picture”.

It’s that word “ability”, as if arresting people is a target unto itself. If she was saying “those necessary arrests had a positive side effect in boosting our intelligence profile”, then I’d be fine with it. But it sounds more like “Great! We got to arrest some folks!”

Where does lynn jones say that the arrests were fior inteligence rathering? , Cath Elliot is a typical guardian journo who ignores the facts fpor a good story and the last two times David Winnick has commented on Public order polcing he’s got his facts wrong (g20 2009 and the Student one) he had to apologise to Commisioner Paul Stephenson in 2009 for wrongly saying the police had said they Ian Tomlinson had no contact with the Police, when it was the IPCC

Chaise @3, I agree that’s how it comes across. She doesn’t seem 100% coherent though.

Nice one cheers for posting. UKUncut are going to do great cos they are fun, they are non violent, they are intelligent and they are right.

The main point overlooked is:

Lynne Owens: ….The very fact that we have charged that number of people with aggravated trespass hopefully is an indication to this Committee that we do believe, and we have the support of CPS in believing, that significant criminal offences were committed….

As for needing intel, why not simply have someone sit on Twitter and Facebook. You’d get all the intel and links you need in a day or two.

Not feigning shock, they’re actually shocked. UK Uncut have protested in stores a lot, and rarely been arrested. Aggravated trespass normally needs a warning to leave before they arrest. In this case, a warning was given and obeyed, and they were arrested (and abused in custody) anyway. It’s the kind of thing that, if it was Egypt, would be instantly and unanimously called repression. Because it’s Britain, people imagine the state can’t be held accountable to human rights standards.

Anyway, if police had any principles they wouldn’t be upholding laws which stop people protesting. I’m also disgusted at the choice to refer to some protesters as “criminals”. They’re protesters, even if the police don’t like their means.

Ok so my reply in 7 was a bit lazy at the end and to the bone.

My point regarding twitter and facebook, is not sure what couldnt be gathered by monitoring these that could by nabbing mobiles.

@8

Andy, the issue of arrests has been discussed in other comments this week. I think the deciding factor was the violence which hasnt been a factor at other uncut protests. The admissions by some that they are part of both sides wont help those facing court charges next month.

All that will happen now is EVERY protest will be assumed to get out of hand, and policed accordingly.

Just reading the whole transcript and the following jumped out:

Q15 Mr Clappison: Fortnum & Mason presumably would otherwise have been open for business on Saturday and they had their business disrupted, if nothing else. Without commenting about particular offences by people, was there damage caused in Fortnum & Mason?

Lynne Owens: There was damage caused on the outside. I think you will have seen the wide coverage of it, and it is our current understanding that people consumed some of the goods that were in the store, so in other words theft.

Q16 Mr Clappison: I saw a report in a Sunday newspaper, I have to say, about coverage that the BBC had given to UK Uncut before this took place. Do you have any view on that?

Lynne Owens: We have the BBC coverage and it will form part of our case.

So previous UK uncut appearances on the BBC, that infamous Newsnight edition on 28th March and I assume other media articles will all be used against UK uncut protesters to prove aggravated trespass?

“Rightly or wrongly, disrupting the business of the store is a criminal offence. ISTM people need to stop feigning* shock at arrests on suspicion of committing criminal offences.”

No, it is not a criminal offence to disrupt business. Your own link says nothing about disrupting businesses – it’s about trespass.

Clearly it’s not trespass to be in a public shop, otherwise everyone who entered that shop should be arrested. It’s a problem if people refuse to leave when asked.

But you’re missing the point – the article said:

“This is the first time an admission has been made publicly that the main reason for arrests was not crime prevention but “intelligence gathering”.”

The particular shock here is that the police were more concerned with charging people to gather intelligence, rather than out of any ideals to do with crime or upholding the law.

Why can’t the Police just talk to people? They can set up a drop in or an Open forum with UNCUT. They need some PR training. Why does Teresa May not give them enough money to do this? She’s is obviously to blame.

Mark,

No, it is not a criminal offence to disrupt business. Your own link says nothing about disrupting businesses – it’s about trespass.

Not this again… My link says,

Section 68(1) CJPOA formerly provided that a person commits the offence of aggravated trespass if he trespasses on land in the open air and, in relation to any lawful activity [e.g shopping, banking, running a shop or bank?] which persons are engaging in or are about to engage in on that or adjoining land in the open air does there anything which is intended by him to have the effect:

a) of intimidating those persons or any of them so as to deter them or any of them from engaging in that activity,
b) of obstructing that activity, or
c) of disrupting that activity

Section 59 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 amended section 68 by removing the words “in the open air”.

Clearly it’s not trespass to be in a public shop, otherwise everyone who entered that shop should be arrested. It’s a problem if people refuse to leave when asked.

IIUC, you have implied licence to enter the shop or bank for the purposes of shopping (inc. browsing) or banking, not “occupy”, “take over” or “shut down” or “turn it into a library”. When you enter with such intent you trespass, when you actually do such things you “disrupt” the “lawful activity” of the shop, hence aggravated trespass charge under s68 CJPOA (rightly or wrongly).

Please do not respond with something disingenuous along the lines of, “but the protesters were merely standing about” (apologies in advance if you this hadn’t occurred to you).

The particular shock here is that the police were more concerned with charging people to gather intelligence, rather than out of any ideals to do with crime or upholding the law.

I agree that if this is what happened it is disproportionate.

UKCuts,

So previous UK uncut appearances on the BBC, that infamous Newsnight edition on 28th March and I assume other media articles will all be used against UK uncut protesters to prove aggravated trespass?

ISTM their words speak to intent: words like “shut down”, “occupy”, “take over”, “turn a bank into a library”.

Someone might respond that UK Uncut is not a formal organisation but an informal network of individuals and no representative or its website can speak for the individuals.

But the FreeBEAGLES site says,

“Intending something to happen is not the same as wanting it to happen. If the prosecution can show, for example, that you knew that an office occupation would disrupt activity, then this will be enough to show that you intended it, regardless of whether you in fact wanted or desired the disruption.”

Elsewhere it cites this case in support.

ukliberty: “Please do not respond with something disingenuous along the lines of, “but the protesters were merely standing about””

Then please do not respond with something disingenous along the lines of “But they were committing aggravated trespass”. If we don’t know what happened, the burden is upon you to prove your claim.

I am not claiming they are innocent. I also agree it’s a gray area. I am just saying we shouldn’t be jumping to conclusions of them all being criminals, and that simply being in a shop, even if there’s a lot of you, isn’t illegal.

Not to mention that this is all beside the point – the article here was about how the police are eager to arrest simply for intelligence gathering, rather than actual need to arrest for public safety.

Which part of the article were you referring to regarding feigning shock?

“Intending something to happen is not the same as wanting it to happen.”

Yes but there is still the problem that no one person speaks for everyone else. That doesn’t mean I know what’s going to happen, or intend it.

Another point is that even if the law is exactly as you say and people are routinely arrested for being in a shop when they hadn’t been asked to leave first – that doesn’t mean that people can’t be shocked at that situation. As you say, “rightly or wrongly”, and people are allowed to have the view that it’s wrong, you know.

Mark,

ukliberty: “Please do not respond with something disingenuous along the lines of, “but the protesters were merely standing about””

Then please do not respond with something disingenous along the lines of “But they were committing aggravated trespass”. If we don’t know what happened, the burden is upon you to prove your claim.

Um, UK Uncut spokespeople and the UK Uncut website have variously claimed the intentions of UK Uncut ‘actions’ are to occupy, shut down, take over banks and shops or turn them into libraries and hospitals and mock police stations and create alternative spaces inside banks and shops. What are these if not indicative of intent to “disrupt” or “obstruct” lawful activity? What does “shut down” mean, for example? And there is video evidence of them being disruptive in the normal sense (it is for the courts to decide what disruptive means in the legal sense).

I am not claiming they are innocent. I also agree it’s a gray area. I am just saying we shouldn’t be jumping to conclusions of them all being criminals, and that simply being in a shop, even if there’s a lot of you, isn’t illegal.

Who said it is illegal to simply be in a shop? It is illegal to disrupt or obstruct lawful activity in a shop.

For the record, I have said on LC at least twice that I sincerely hope the charges are dropped against the F&M people (about whom I am trying to avoid commenting). That said, ISTM people shouldn’t be able to disrupt or obstruct lawful activity with impunity – so for me the threshhold is rather higher than the F&M circumstances particularly given the alleged actions of the police in preventing the protesters from leaving and then arresting them despite saying there wouldn’t be arrests etc.

Another point is that even if the law is exactly as you say and people are routinely arrested for being in a shop when they hadn’t been asked to leave first – that doesn’t mean that people can’t be shocked at that situation. As you say, “rightly or wrongly”, and people are allowed to have the view that it’s wrong, you know.

Just in case people infer otherwise from your comment, I didn’t say “people are routinely arrested for being in a shop when they hadn’t been asked to leave first” or anything of the sort. What I set out was the law as I understand it, and you can reasonably infer that if you engage in such activities you risk arrest and charge under s68 CJPOA. Some occupations this year and last have gone without arrest, others have been less fortunate.

The ‘shock’ I reference is this sense I have of people being shocked or surprised (or feigning it) because they didn’t realise there is such a risk – and I don’t think people are helped by this weird pretence or suggestion that keeps cropping up that protesters do nothing but enter a shop, wander around it and leave just like any shopper (“simply being in a shop, even if there’s a lot of you, isn’t illegal” – your words). They are clearly disruptive (in the normal sense).

@14

We know what happened and what was intended from the UK uncut site. The intent was always to disrupt the stores they protest at. Therefore due to all the tweets and blogs on the subject the CPS will have this proved for them.

If there is any paper trail showing intent before or after, maybe even association links to others, will be enough that anyone waiting for their day in court could very well find themselves found guilty.

And now those behind UK uncut are intending on doing similar in Monaco. A country who isn’t an eu country, so no rights to protest, and have their own laws on civil offences.

I hope people looking to go to that event research the punishments their actions could receive in Monaco IF arrested and charged. €10,000 fine or upto 3 months in jail anyone?

This debate on whether UKuncuters’ actions are/are not illegal between ukliberty and others misses the point. We’ll find out whether it was or was not legal when the arrested are/are not convicted.

Those arguing it isn’t illegal are getting normative/positive arguments confused. Peaceful occupations may be illegal, but certainly shouldn’t be.

If they are convicted it will be under the law on aggravated trespass, a law brought in specifically to give the police a wide remit in preventing political protests and one which people should campaign to have repealed.

The irony is that police tactics often seem intended to “disrupt”, “obstruct” and “intimidate” what should be a lawful activity, peaceful protest, just what’s outlawed by the Aggravated Trespass law.

18. Adriangoatseye

Instead of asking what people are so upset about they will go and spend their Saturday sitting in Fortnum and Mason’s Theresa May would rather arrest and criminalise people. From what I can see it is quite often young people as well. Perhaps, before leaving loads of our young people with criminal records, Theresa May should start thinking about why young people are having the audacity (sarcasm) to get upset about seeing their education ripped away from them and jobs taken away from them while uber-rich people are given more money (through tax breaks and ignorance of their actions). These are the same uber-rich people that are avoiding taxes (thus paying less tax than a pensioner) and/or recklessly gambling money away (it is still going on because they refuse to regulate it for some reason). I shall look forward to her demise (as an MP) at the next election.


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    http://t.co/YMkYdz0

  67. Tonbridge Uncut

    RT @queerresistance: Police admit UKuncut arrests made for ‘intelligence gathering’ | Liberal Conspiracy http://fb.me/VP2kWAWl

  68. Tim Gover

    RT @bengoldacre: Some pretty worrying police statements on their behaviour towards UKUncut at this Select Committee http://bit.ly/fQuLL3

  69. Lerryn

    RT @bloggerheads: Police admit UKuncut arrests made for ‘intelligence gathering’ http://t.co/1tw3y5C via @libcon (FFS are they still looking for ringleaders?)

  70. rachel

    RT @UKuncut: LibCon has an interesting blog on some equally interesting admissions from the Met about #UKUncut: http://bit.ly/hbXdhv

  71. David Jobe

    RT @UKuncut: LibCon has an interesting blog on some equally interesting admissions from the Met about #UKUncut: http://bit.ly/hbXdhv

  72. Kevin William Molin

    RT @matthewhoulihan: MET police arrests ukuncut not 4 crime http://liberalconspiracy.org/2011/04/08/police-admit-ukuncut-arrests-made-for-intelligence-gathering/

  73. Dara Gallagher

    RT @bengoldacre: Some pretty worrying police statements on their behaviour towards UKUncut at this Select Committee http://bit.ly/fQuLL3

  74. Bristol UKUncut

    RT @bengoldacre: Some pretty worrying police statements on their behaviour towards UKUncut at this Select Committee http://bit.ly/fQuLL3

  75. David Kirkham

    RT @bristolukuncut: RT @bengoldacre: Some pretty worrying police statements on their behaviour towards UKUncut at this Select Committee http://bit.ly/fQuLL3

  76. Nephron

    Police admit the UKuncut arrests were made for ‘intelligence gathering’. And maybe stealing chocolate. http://t.co/FzaFrAG via @libcon

  77. Sam Dixon

    Police admit UKuncut arrests made for ‘intelligence gathering’ | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/LwFvplc via @libcon

  78. Isaac Boyles

    RT @adpucci: RT @libcon Police admit UKuncut arrests 'for intelligence gathering' http://bit.ly/g3AjPj @noUKcuts @PennyRed @johannhari101 @ken4london

  79. David Jobe

    RT @bristolukuncut: RT @bengoldacre: Some pretty worrying police statements on their behaviour towards UKUncut at this Select Committee http://bit.ly/fQuLL3

  80. Debbie

    RT @SaveSPservices: Police admit UKuncut arrests made for ‘intelligence gathering’ | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/LwFvplc via @libcon

  81. Dean Willis

    Police admit UKuncut arrests made for ‘intelligence gathering’ | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/zhXI8dZ via @libcon

  82. Simon Kane

    RT @libcon: Police admit UKuncut arrests made for 'intelligence gathering' http://bit.ly/g3AjPj

  83. James Iain McKay

    RT @UKuncut: LibCon has an interesting blog on some equally interesting admissions from the Met about #UKUncut: http://bit.ly/hbXdhv

  84. bournefunky

    Police admit UKuncut arrests made for ‘intelligence gathering’ | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/j61dya8 via @libcon

  85. What is the point of Sheila Gilmore? – part 1 » News from Nowhere

    […] in attempting to marginalise and criminalise effective protest.  Even now that police have been forced to admit that the UK Uncut arrests were motivated by “intelligence gathering”, I do not expect […]

  86. Oliver Kearns

    Big surprise – Assistant Commissioner of the Met admits arrests at Fortnum & Mason were for 'intelligence gathering' http://bit.ly/hbXdhv

  87. M M

    RT @bengoldacre: Some pretty worrying police statements on their behaviour towards UKUncut at this Select Committee http://bit.ly/fQuLL3

  88. Pucci Dellanno

    RT @libcon: Post updated: Police chief also evades answering why the police lied to @UKuncut protesters about not arresting them: http://bit.ly/g3AjPj

  89. NomadOfNorad

    RT @RozKaveney: Police acknowledge that they arrested #UKUncut at Fortnums primarily to gather intelligence http://bit.ly/hbXdhv rather than for any crimes.

  90. Katherine Taylor

    RT @bengoldacre: Some pretty worrying police statements on their behaviour towards UKUncut at this Select Committee http://bit.ly/fQuLL3

  91. Seth Mowshowitz

    RT @bengoldacre: Some pretty worrying police statements on their behaviour towards UKUncut at this Select Committee http://bit.ly/fQuLL3

  92. Matthew Woodcock

    RT @libcon: Police admit UKuncut arrests made for 'intelligence gathering' http://bit.ly/g3AjPj

  93. liliana dmitrovic

    RT @libcon: Post updated: Police chief also evades answering why the police lied to @UKuncut protesters about not arresting them: http://bit.ly/g3AjPj

  94. Caitlin Hayward-Tapp

    RT @bengoldacre: Some pretty worrying police statements on their behaviour towards UKUncut at this Select Committee http://bit.ly/fQuLL3

  95. Gavin McGregor

    RT @bengoldacre: Some pretty worrying police statements on their behaviour towards UKUncut at this Select Committee http://bit.ly/fQuLL3

  96. Helen Bohan

    This makes me unbelievably angry. http://bit.ly/hbXdhv

  97. Chris Boyle

    RT @RozKaveney: Police acknowledge that they arrested #UKUncut at Fortnums primarily to gather intelligence http://bit.ly/hbXdhv rather

  98. Frode Hegland

    RT @thatkeith: Surely speculative mass arrests is illegal? “Police admit #UKuncut arrests 'for intelligence gathering'" http://t.co/usyVvF1

  99. Andrew Katz

    RT @NickGravenhurst: This is deeply sinister. Police admit UKuncut arrests made for ‘intelligence gathering’ | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/l0c4BZX via @libcon

  100. Mary Hallam

    RT @UKuncut: LibCon has an interesting blog on some equally interesting admissions from the Met about #UKUncut: http://bit.ly/hbXdhv

  101. Simon Sayer

    RT @libcon: Police admit UKuncut arrests made for 'intelligence gathering' http://bit.ly/g3AjPj

  102. Ian Shuttleworth

    RT @RozKaveney: Police acknowledge that they arrested #UKUncut at Fortnums primarily to gather intelligence http://bit.ly/hbXdhv rather than for any crimes.

  103. Lyndsey Kramer

    RT @RozKaveney: Police acknowledge that they arrested #UKUncut at Fortnums primarily to gather intelligence http://bit.ly/hbXdhv rather than for any crimes.

  104. Andrew Munro

    RT @bengoldacre: Some pretty worrying police statements on their behaviour towards UKUncut at this Select Committee http://bit.ly/fQuLL3

  105. Malcolm X

    RT @fwalloe: Police admits #ukuncut arrests were made for 'intelligence gathering' http://bit.ly/fQuLL3 #march26 #cuts #police #fortnums #demo2011

  106. John Stuttle

    Police admit many arrests at #26March demo were for "intelligence gathering" http://bit.ly/i9Wakt (@libcon via @FalseEcon) #March26 #UKuncut

  107. Nick

    RT @leloveluck: Police admit UKuncut arrests made for ‘intelligence gathering’: http://t.co/ZFB2pJs

  108. John Stuttle

    @kmflett Thanks very much – did you see this piece? http://bit.ly/i9Wakt

  109. Matthew Rees

    RT @UKuncut: LibCon has an interesting blog on some equally interesting admissions from the Met about #UKUncut: http://bit.ly/hbXdhv

  110. David Kirkham

    RT @libcon: Post updated: Police chief also evades answering why the police lied to @UKuncut protesters about not arresting them: http://bit.ly/g3AjPj

  111. Leonie Northedge

    RT @leloveluck: Police admit UKuncut arrests made for ‘intelligence gathering’: http://t.co/ZFB2pJs

  112. Pascal Terjan

    RT @leloveluck: Police admit UKuncut arrests made for ‘intelligence gathering’: http://t.co/ZFB2pJs

  113. chang mei wan

    RT @UKuncut: LibCon has an interesting blog on some equally interesting admissions from the Met about #UKUncut: http://bit.ly/hbXdhv

  114. chang mei wan

    RT @UKuncut: LibCon has an interesting blog on some equally interesting admissions from the Met about #UKUncut: http://bit.ly/hbXdhv

  115. Richard Hull

    RT @libcon: Police admit UKuncut arrests made for 'intelligence gathering' http://bit.ly/g3AjPj

  116. Tenzin™

    RT @obkearns: Big surprise – Assistant Commissioner of the Met admits arrests at Fortnum & Mason were for 'intelligence gathering' http://bit.ly/hbXdhv

  117. Ikem Nzeribe

    RT @RichardHullster: RT @libcon: Police admit UKuncut arrests made for 'intelligence gathering' http://bit.ly/g3AjPj

  118. Cyrus Bulsara

    Police admit UKuncut arrests made for ‘intelligence gathering’: http://bit.ly/fQuLL3

  119. Jack Royston

    RT @sunny_hundal: Met Police chief admits @UKuncut arrests made primarily for 'intelligence gathering' http://bit.ly/g3AjPj

  120. Ban T-shirts

    RT @HenryAndJunior @PoliceStateUK #Met #Police admit #UKuncut arrests made for ‘intelligence gathering’ http://s.coop/129t #Protest

  121. Subject Advisors

    RT @bengoldacre: Some pretty worrying police statements on their behaviour towards UKUncut at this Select Committee http://bit.ly/fQuLL3

  122. Ziggy Stardust

    Police admit #UKuncut arrests made for ‘intelligence gathering’ http://bit.ly/fQuLL3 #Solidarity #demo2011 26march

  123. Finchampstead Boy

    @Zzigggyyy Police admit #UKuncut arrests made for ‘intelligence gathering’ http://bit.ly/fQuLL3 Surely looking in the wrong place!

  124. Dusty

    RT @Zzigggyyy: Police admit #UKuncut arrests made for ‘intelligence gathering’ http://bit.ly/fQuLL3 #Solidarity #demo2011 26march

  125. Megan Preston

    RT @UKuncut: LibCon has an interesting blog on some equally interesting admissions from the Met about #UKUncut: http://bit.ly/hbXdhv

  126. Megan Preston

    RT @adpucci: RT @libcon Police admit UKuncut arrests 'for intelligence gathering' http://bit.ly/g3AjPj @noUKcuts @PennyRed @johannhari10 …

  127. Ed Stone

    RT @adpucci: RT @libcon Police admit UKuncut arrests 'for intelligence gathering' http://bit.ly/g3AjPj @noUKcuts @PennyRed @johannhari101 @ken4london

  128. tashuk

    RT @NoPoliceSpies: Police admit it's all about gathering intelligence: undercover cops, mass arrests, etc http://bit.ly/hbXdhv

  129. clint iguana

    RT @tashuk: RT @NoPoliceSpies: Police admit it's all about gathering intelligence: undercover cops, mass arrests, etc http://bit.ly/hbXdhv

  130. harbro

    Police admit UKuncut arrests made for ‘intelligence gathering’ | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/1RMgiWQ via @libcon

  131. Huw Jordan

    Should we be arresting peaceful protestors to gather intelligence on their actions?: http://bit.ly/hbXdhv #solidarity with @FM145 & @UKuncut

  132. Escalating police tactics and the growing assault on dissent | Bright Green

    […] it was easier to just arrest people, take their details and come up with a charge later on. It was made clear by a senior police officer after the mass arrest of protesters at Fortnum & Masons that the […]





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