An Encounter with the UK’s Secret Police!
Fracking opponent detained under the Terrorism Act
A prominent anti-fracking campaigner has revealed that he was detained under the Terrorism Act at
Exeter Airport just before Christmas.
Ian Crane, who presents the weekly web broadcast FRACKING NIGHTMARE, said he was held for about two hours. His phone was taken away to be examined but his luggage was not searched.
He said he was issued with a Notice of Detention under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 (pictured below left).
The Network for Police Monitoring, Netpol, said the incident was further “alarming evidence” that opponents of fracking were being targeted as “domestic extremists”. It follows Netpol’s recent publication of a recording in which a counter-terrorism officer at a training session described some opposition to fracking as extremism.
According to Mr Crane, a former oil executive, he was detained by two police officers in plain clothes on 20th December 2015 after he went through passport control at Exeter, following a flight from Amsterdam. The Notice of Detention recorded that he was held at 10.20pm. He said the police officers told him it was a random check.
Mr Crane gives talks to community groups about what he says are the risks of fracking. He produced the documentary Voices from the Gasfields about fracking in Australia and has filmed police activity at anti-fracking protests in the UK. Three days after his detention, lawyers for Rathlin Energy sought to make him bankrupt. More details
He also broadcasts on geopolitical issues and during the interview the officers asked him about his views on events in the Middle East.
“We have to take your phone”
Mr Crane said the officers told him they had to take his phone.
Mr Crane said this was the first time he had had any connection with the security services.
He said he refused to sign the Notice of Detention. He said the interview lasted about an hour. The officers then spent another hour with his phone. He asked the officers to delete any material that had been collected from it.
DrillOrDrop asked Devon and Cornwall Police whether officers had complied with this request. We also asked the force to confirm the details of Mr Crane’s detention.
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