Execution of Section 35

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Pat James (Account suspended)

Dear Cambridgeshire Constabulary, in respect of a Dispersal Notice; Section 35. placed on Tommy Robinson on 27th August 2016, please provide the following:

1. The name and rank of the senior police officer who authorised the Section 35 order,

2. All facts and evidence that supported the raising of this particular order,

3. The documented reason why all of the constables associated with executing the order on Tommy Robinson, were not readily identifiable by either collar number or name tag,

The total number of individuals (excluding Tommy Robinson) upon which that particular order was executed.

All briefing documentation to constables relating to the raising and execution of the section 35 order on the above date,

The lessons learned by Cambridgeshire Constabulary after this obvious violation of an individual's rights, and the harassment, intimidation and coercion practiced by your officers.

I take this opportunity to remind you of Code of Ethics and the Nolan Principles, when responding to this request

Yours faithfully,

Pat James

Freedom of Information (Cambs), Cambridgeshire Constabulary

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Dear Pat

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 0893/16

 

In reply to your request for information under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000, received 26/09/16.

 

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) requires us to handle all
requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any
information released in response to a request is regarded as being
published, and therefore in the public domain without caveat.

 

Request

 

Dear Cambridgeshire Constabulary, in respect of a Dispersal Notice;
Section 35. placed on Tommy Robinson on 27th August 2016, please provide
the following:

 

1. The name and rank of the senior police officer who authorised the
Section 35 order,

 

2. All facts and evidence that supported the raising of this particular
order,

 

3. The documented reason why all of the constables associated with
executing the order on Tommy Robinson, were not readily identifiable by
either collar number or name tag,

 

The total number of individuals (excluding Tommy Robinson) upon which that
particular order was executed.

 

All briefing documentation to constables relating to the raising and
execution of the section 35 order on the above date,

 

The lessons learned by Cambridgeshire Constabulary after this obvious
violation of an individual's rights, and the harassment, intimidation and
coercion practiced by your officers.

 

I take this opportunity to remind you of Code of Ethics and the Nolan
Principles, when responding to this request

 

We have completed all searches within Cambridgeshire Constabulary and
hereby enclose your response.

 

Response

 

1. Insp 0440 Johnson

2. Boundary of dispersal area:

Cambridge United Match Day Dispersal Area boundary

A1134 Victoria Road (from j/w Huntingdon Road to Mitchums Corner)

A1134 Milton Road (from j/w Mitchums Corner to j/w Highworth Avenue)

A1309 Milton Road (from j/w Highworth Avenue to j/w Green End Road)

Green End Road (from j/w Milton Road to j/w Cam Causeway)

Cam Causeway, through footpath into Cheney Way

Cheney Way (to j/w Fen Road)

Fen Road (from j/w Cheney Way to unnamed lane, 450m north-east of level
crossing)

Unnamed lane (from j/w Fen Road, crossing the River Cam, 250m south-east,
to High Street, Fen Ditton)

High Street, Fen Ditton (from River Cam to j/w B1047 Ditton Lane)

B1047 Ditton Lane (from j/w High Street to A1303 Newmarket Road)

A1303 Newmarket Road (from j/w B1047 to j/w A1134 Barnwell Road)

A1134 Barnwell Road (from j/w A1303 Newmarket Road to j/w Coldhams Lane)

A1134 Brooks Road (from j/w Coldhams Lane to j/w Brookfields)

A1134 Perne Road (from j/w Brookfields to j/w Cherry Hinton Road)

Cherry Hinton Road (from j/w A1134 Perne Road to j/w A1307 Hills Road)

A1307 Hills Road (from j/w Cherry Hinton Road to j/w Brooklands Avenue)

Brooklands Avenue (from j/w A1307 Hills Road to A1134 Trumpington Road)

A1134 Trumpington Road (from j/w Brooklands Avenue to j/w A1134 Fen
Causeway)

A1134 Fen Causeway (from j/w Trumpington Road to j/w A1134 Newnham Road)

A1134 Newnham Road (from j/w Fen Causeway to j/w Silver Street)

A1134 Queens Road (from j/w Silver Street to j/w Madingley Road)

Madingley Road (from j/w A1134 Queens Road to j/w Lady Margaret Road)

Lady Margaret Road (from j/w Madingley Road to j/w Mount Pleasant)

Mount Pleasant (from j/w Lady Margaret Road to j/w Castle Street)

Castle Street (from j/w Mount Pleasant to j/w A1134 Victoria Road)

Ward code(s): c13a, c15a, c11c, c11d, c12a,

 

 

Dispersal authority starts (max duration of 48 hours)

Date: 27/08/2016

Time: 17:30

Dispersal authority ends

Date: 27/08/2016

Time: 21:00

 

 

Grounds for authority:

Cambridge United Football Club played at home today. The away team was
Luton Town FC. The fixture is considered to be a local “derby” and has
been a sell-out. It has been graded a Cat “C” match and there is
appropriate staffing in place due to a history of actual or attempted
disorder experienced on the fixture date between opposing fans before,
during and after the match.

A minority group within the Cambridge and Luton supporters have a history
of actively trying to meet with like-minded supporters from the opposing
team with a view to engage in violence or disorder. I considered
authorising the power to use dispersal tactics prior to the match but have
waited for the power to be needed.

Throughout the match there has been gesturing between the two risk groups.
A group of Cambridge youths have tried to “ambush” a group of Luton risk
fans as they have walked along East Road. The Cambridge fans have been
contained by police officers escorting the Luton risk, but some of the
those Luton fans have now disappeared into the city.

Both groups are highly mobile and have utilised taxis and private vehicles
to move about the city and therefore they are not restricted to using
licenced premises in the city centre. The Sect 34 area has been designated
having considered the location of key sites within the city; the stadium,
the railway station, the city centre and licensed premises which may be
used by home/away risk or general supporters.

At 17:30 hours, I gave this authorisation under Section 34 of the
Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 as I am satisfied on
reasonable grounds, that the use of this power in the locality for the
specified period, may be necessary for the purpose of removing or reducing
the likelihood of members of the public in the locality being harassed,
alarmed or distressed, or the occurrence of crime or disorder.

In giving this authorisation, I have given particular regard to the rights
and freedom of expression and freedom of assembly set out in Articles 10
and 11 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights which are
incorporated into the Human Rights Act 1998.

Linked to: ASB

Reason requested: Police tactic

Authority given?: Yes

Authorising Officer: (0440) Matt Johnson

 

3. N/A all staff on the operation were wearing ID on shoulders or breast
and back panels.

4. No individuals were given Sect 35 ASB, Crime and Policing Act 2014
direction to leave.

5. Unfortunately, we have been unable to locate any information to satisfy
your request, as we do not hold this information. No briefing
documentation in relation to the “raising and execution of the section 35
order”

6. Unfortunately, we have been unable to locate any information to satisfy
your request, as we do not hold this information. No documentation
regarding lessons learned.

 

If you are unhappy with this response, please see the attachment, which
sets out your rights to appeal.

 

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact the Information Access Office via email, or on telephone number
01480 456 111 extension 2034.

 

Regards

 

Donna Milton

Information Access Office

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

 

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Pat James (Account suspended)

Dear Freedom of Information (Cambs), thank you for your partial response in this matter. However I would take issue with some of your responses:

It is clear from the videos of the incident that none of the officers where displaying the required identification on their clothing. That evidence is irrefutable and is widely available in the public domain.

It is very convenient that, once again, written evidence seems to disappear when police conduct is questioned.

The actions of Cambridgeshire police have rendered their Code of Ethics as meaningless and unenforceable.

Yours sincerely,

Pat James