The end of Freedom of Assembly in England & Wales

NPP has left a new comment on your post “Bill to reintroduce national service going through…“:

Re: National Service Bill 2013-14
This is new to me. Thank you for posting. Incredible. I am still drafting a letter 

response to my MP about UK involvement in Syria. This Bill will be mentioned in my letter.

Posted by NPP to the tap at 10:15 pm

11:32 PM (12 hours ago)

to me
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post “Bill to reintroduce national service going through…“:

The one to really go after is the Orwellian Police State bill, a.k.a. the Anti-social 



“The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, which passed the committee 

tage of its progress through the House of Commons on Monday 15th July, purports 
to simplify this legacy of New Labour’s legislative promiscuity. In reality, it creates 
a series of wildly ambiguous, generic orders which grant officers of the state and 
private sector even greater powers to issue tougher sentences, with fewer checks 
and balances to protect citizens.”

ASBO replaced by “IPNA”:

“Whereas an ASBO could only desist the subject from certain actions, the IPNA 

includes ‘positive obligations’ (p10). This means the subject of an IPNA can be 
found in breach not simply for doing things they have been banned from doing, but 
from not doing things that the IPNA states they must. This makes an IPNA much 
closer to probation and other post-conviction arrangements than a civil order.”

Introduction of “Public Space Protection Orders”:

“PSPOs will be granted where ‘activities carried on or likely to be carried on in a 

public place will have or have had a detrimental effect on the quality of life of 
those in the locality’ (p21). They can be used to restrict an activity or require 
people to perform an activity in a certain way. They require substantially less 
consultation than current alcohol free zones or dog control zones and rather than 
applying to everyone, they can be applied to specific groups of people (the 
homeless, the unemployed, racial/religious groups etc.) – opening the door for 
discrimination. These rules could see homeless people or young people lawfully 
excluded from public spaces.

“PSPOs are subject to ‘on the spot’ fines, rather than attendance at a Magistrates 

Court, reducing the scrutiny and checks on police power.

“These orders are also by no means short term. They can be applied for up to 

three years, and continued for another three years at the end of their term.

“The orders have been heavily challenged by Liberty and The Manifesto Club on 

the basis that they will seriously infringe upon people’s freedom to assemble, 
associate and protest. The Ramblers (the walking charity) have also given 
written evidence to the government raising their fears about the further appropriation 
of public highways, by ways and footpaths under the PSPO powers.”

New “Dispersal Powers”:

“The new Dispersal Powers mean police constables and even Police Community 

Support Officers (PCSOs) can issue dispersal orders if they think a group of two 
or more persons might harass, alarm or distress others in the vicinity (p16). The 
PCSO or constable can specify how long the person/group must remain out of 
the designated area, and by which route they must leave, and also confiscate 
any items of their property which they deem anti-social. Failure to comply with 
any element of these orders results in a fine of up to £5,000 or three months in 
prison. The new legislation also fails to define ‘locality’ – meaning a person could 
be excluded from a city, a county or even a whole country (p17). In fact, York 
couldn’t even wait for the new legislation to pass and is already implementing 
the powers.

“These new laws effectively end freedom of assembly in England and Wales, 

as any lawful assembly can be instantly redefined as illegal on the spot by 
some part time PCSO, people’s personal possessions can be confiscated, 
and anyone who dares to challenge the process will end up in jail.”

Now you see why they want out of the Convention? 

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One Response to “The end of Freedom of Assembly in England & Wales”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Tap, When I wonder around, people are selling drugs in every street.
    I realise it has not happened by chance, as the Police know the dealers and do nothing.
    Around the area I live Mansions are being built, and the owners like to go on caravan holidays.
    Is it part of the problem, reaction, solution saga.
    The Police have had their teeth taken out, they are told to do nothing.
    What is the plan of play ?

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