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Derby arrested released on bail

craftknife | 18.03.2005 10:11 | G8 2005 | Ecology | Globalisation | Repression | Sheffield

10 cyclists arrested on the Critical Mass bike ride yesterday morning were released on bail last night, pending further investigation and consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service.

They were released between 9.30 and 11, with orders to report back between the 21st and 23rd of April. All bikes have been kept as 'evidence', leaving many people with no way of getting home from the police station.

The arrested were held in custody for about 10 hours, and at one point were driven to Ripley police station to use the only fingerprinting machine in the county. There was a lack of vegan food, and some people were given much more food than others. One person was photographed in her cell, against her will, for 'intelligence' reasons, and all were asked if they were part of any organisations, specifically animal rights groups.

Most people were arrested under both Section 14 and Obstruction of The Highway. They won't know until the end of April whether they will be charged, so please check back then, and show support in court if necessary.

Many thanks to the people who demonstrated outside the police station - the arrestees were driven past on the way to and from Ripley and saw you - and also to the people who met the arrested from the police station - it was much appreciated.