The next thing that needs analysis is the grounds for the arrests.
He said: "Just after midnight tonight, Nottinghamshire Police arrested 114 men and women from across the UK on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass and criminal damage."This is, of course from the PA report. I have done some research and cannot find anyone who has been convicted of "conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass" - in fact I can't even find a reference to any prosecution. If you know of any please add a comment to this posting.
UPDATE: an anonymous reader informs me there is no such offence, see the comment below - there are two separate offences, "conspiracy to commit trespass" and "aggravated trespass". More misinformation from the police?
Entertainingly, before the churnalism, the top links for "conspiracy to commit trespass" took you to British canoeists' websites...
So is this another expression of the police state? Well, it is another attempt from the police to strike pre-emptively at protesters. As pointed out on the Nottingham Indymedia site, it is similar in some ways to the M1 Conspiracy case, which collapsed last year.
- Will any of these 114 potential protesters be charged and brought to court?
- Will any be prosecuted successfully?
- Will we ever know?
- Or is this a new definition of a 'cockspiracy' - as a cocked-up attempt to convict someone of conspiracy?