As we slowly exit the Covid19 ‘lockdown’ we have seen several protests in major cities. As life moves toward a more ‘normal’ footing and we enter the Summer months, protests may continue.
In this article, we explore some of the legal powers that regulate processions and assemblies. These can be found in the Public Order Act 1986.
Notifying the police in advance
In cases where there is more than one defendant, it is a common scenario that one or more pleads guilty, perhaps at an early stage, but others continue their case to trial. When should those who plead guilty early on be sentenced?
A question then arises as to whether those who have pleaded guilty earlier should be sentenced immediately, or at some other point.
The starting point is that a...Read More
On Sunday 7 June protesters in Bristol tore down the statue of Edward Colston. It was swiftly deposited it in the local harbour. What many will see as being wholly justifiable, some will see as criminal damage.
The statute had been in situ for 125 years and had previously attracted a petition of over 10,000 names calling for its removal. This is due to Colston’s close connection to the...Read More