With reference to:
Please respond to the following:
1. A police sergeant (PS 1774 Murray) is present and wearing his force identification or collar number. A PC is also present but has removed his epaulette with his collar number so cannot be identified. Please advise what Home Office instruction/policy/procedure permits any police officer to remove any form of identification when in uniform and during working hours.
2. The sergeant present (PS 1774 Murray) objected to being filmed by the saboteurs present who were not arrested but did not object to being filmed by the two hunt supporters who filmed the entire incident. Please advise what Home Office instruction/policy/procedure permits any police officer to object to being filmed when attending an incident and to selectively object to being filmed when attending an incident.
3. The sergeant present (PS 1774 Murray) did not have grounds to make an arrest for 'aggravated trespass' as no member of the hunt riders was present or within a reasonable radius at the time of the two hunt saboteurs' arrests.
According to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994:
(1)A person commits the offence of aggravated trespass if he trespasses on land [F1in the open air] and, in relation to any lawful activity which persons are engaging in or are about to engage in on that or adjoining land [F2in the open air], does there anything which is intended by him to have the effect—
(a)of intimidating those persons or any of them so as to deter them or any of them from engaging in that activity,
(b)of obstructing that activity, or
(c)of disrupting that activity.
A hunt would have to prove that their activity at the time was lawful and this did not happen as the hunt was not recorded as present on the video. The only justification provided by PS 1774 Murray was that he had been watching historic hunt saboteur videos which may or may not have included activity by the two saboteurs arrested.
Please advise what Home Office instruction/policy/procedure permits any police officer to make an arrest on the basis of watching historic videos which may or may not have included activity by the two saboteurs arrested instead of on the basis of actions taken by alleged offenders at an actual incident.
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