observer | 02.04.2008 17:23 | Climate Chaos
Nottinghamshire Police searched 2 houses yesterday afternoon after it had made two arrests at the blockade at E.On offices on Mount Street. The searches were 'authorized' under section 18 of the Police And Criminal Evidence Act 1984. Under this act; "A constable may enter and search any premises occupied or controlled by a person who is under arrest for an arrestable offence, if he has reasonable grounds for suspecting that there is on the premises evidence that relates to that offence". Both people arrested were released early in the evening and were charged with Section 5 public order offences. They are to appear at Nottingham Magistrates Court on April 14th.
Lesson - move all your important stuff out before any actions.
another police victim
intresting to note that i knew nothing of the raid until i had got out of the nick, and that they used my own key to get in. granted, that's somewhat better than them kicking the door in, but taking my key from my personal belongings and then returning them without my knowledege gave me a distinctly uneasy feeling.
when they were in the house, my partner wanted to follow them around but was told to stay in the kitchen! there were too many of them (7) to follow all of them but legally he should've been allowed to at least attempt to do so. when some concerned friends came to see what was happening, he asked if they could come in but got told that they would have to be searched if they did! they hardly spent any time in any room and it did just seem like an intimidation exercise.