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Menwith Hill - Peace demonstrators arrested under SOCPA

Peter Clarkson | 03.04.2006 10:44 | Anti-militarism | Repression

Two Keighley women arrested under section 128 of SOCPA at Menwith Hill, near Harrogate.

Saturday 1st April 2006

Two Keighley women, Helen John and Silvia Boyes are the first known arrests
in England under Section 128 of the new Serious and Organised Crime and Police
Act 2005 (SOPCA) which makes trespass at a few handpicked military sites
(mainly American military and nuclear sites in the UK) a criminal offence,
potentially carrying a 51 week prison sentence.

The two women were arrested on Saturday 1st April 2006 within hours of the
new Act being brought into force, by Ministry of Defence police at NSA Menwith
Hill where the women have been accused of an alleged trespass.

NSA Menwith Hill, the United States spy base near Harrogate in Yorkshire
illegally monitors telecommunications traffic to and from Europe. Communications
passing through Britain are intercepted by the base, including private
telehone calls, faxes, emails and other communications.

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  1. £10,000 fine possible too — Danny
  2. the new face of terrorism — Danny