Illegal arrests?

News in Brief

On 23 November, a review found that the arrest of four journalists covering climate protests on the M25 was ‘potentially unlawful’.

Documentary filmmaker Rich Felgate and photographer Tom Bowles were arrested on 7 November. LBC reporter Charlotte Lynch was arrested the following day. All three had offered their press cards. (One other, unnamed journalist was also arrested)

The review by Cambridgeshire police found that the arrests (by Hertfordshire police) were not overreactions or mistakes by officers on the scene.

The arrests were the result of a policing plan drawn up by senior officers which ‘almost exclusively endorsed arrest as the only intervention available to officers’.


Topics: Police