This entry was posted on
Tuesday, March 6th, 2007 at
9:34 am and is filed
under The War on Stupid.
I wasted most of my day yesterday trying to reach the relevant department down at Vauxhall about this, but they seem to be incapable of answering their phone.
So, email it is then…
From: Tim Ireland
Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2007 9:32 AM
Subject: Possible SOCPA violation
It has come to my attention that an ongoing demonstration is taking place within a designated area, and I suspect that:
1) it may be unauthorised
2) it may have escaped your attention
As you are no doubt aware, it is an offence under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 to organise a demonstration within the designated area if, when the demonstration starts, authorisation for the demonstration has not been given.
I suspect authorisation has not been given in this case, as there is no indication of the usual restrictions.
For instance, you often stipulate a tight timeframe and you have recently restricted long-time protestor Brian Haw to a 3m x 1m area.
The demonstration I speak of has run all day for many days and is even illuminated at night. Also, it is 135m high and 121m wide, which some might regard to be a bit excessive.
I have enclosed some picture links for your reference:
If permission has been sought and granted, please do let me know.
Also, if for some reason an exception has been made in this case, I would very much like to hear the reason(s) why.
[For those who came in late: Red Nose Day 2007: Some Legal Advice]
UPDATE (10:00AM) – Email received and forwarded to the Public Order Branch.