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Base trespass suspects rearrested

#1
Two grandmothers who were arrested in a protest at US military base Menwith Hill have been rearrested for breaching their bail by returning to the site.
Campaigners Helen John, 68, and Sylvia Boyes, 62, were first arrested in April on suspicion of criminal trespass.

On Thursday, a day after their bail was extended for a third time, they were seized trying to enter the base.

The women have been bailed until 17 June when they are due to hear whether they will face any charges.

They were allegedly carrying cable cutters and a hammer when they were arrested and could face up to 10 years in prison if deemed to have "gone equipped" to commit an offence at the base.

Makes you laugh, two grannys trying to enter a base that's full of yanks and they get arrested not for tresspass but under the new Serious Organised Crime and Police Act. Why dont SOCA try and catch all the Illegal Criminal immigrants that have been released, instead of worrying about two peace protesters!.
 

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#2
Probably got arrested by the MOD Police - different police force - they don't do "serious crime".
 
#3
Trespass is a civil offence, and you can only request and escort the accused of the land. Menworth Hill is guarded by the MPGS & MOD Police as it is a crown property, and is covered by the Menwith Hill Byelaw's of 1996. They were arrested under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act by the MOD Police becouse they breached their bail conditions for a 3rd time, and were in possision of tools, making it "going equipped" or "criminal trespass" if it can be proved that they cut the fence to enter or coursed any damage once inside.

Menworth Hill which is a United States Facility manned mainly by civilians with some U.S. Forces Staff, but they have nothing to do with the outer base security. The Menworth Hill Peace Protesters are always trying to enter the base almost on a weekly basis. I have no pity on these 'old dears' whatsoever!

Edited to Add,

They are then handed over to North Yorkshire Police and held at Harrogate Police Station pending a hearing.
 
#4
Mike_2817 said:
Trespass is a civil offence, and you can only request and escort the accused of the land. Menworth Hill is guarded by the MPGS & MOD Police as it is a crown property, and is covered by the Menwith Hill Byelaw's of 1996. They were arrested under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act by the MOD Police becouse they breached their bail conditions for a 3rd time, and were in possision of tools, making it "going equipped" or "criminal trespass" if it can be proved that they cut the fence to enter or coursed any damage once inside.

Menworth Hill which is a United States Facility manned mainly by civilians with some U.S. Forces Staff, but they have nothing to do with the outer base security. The Menworth Hill Peace Protesters are always trying to enter the base almost on a weekly basis. I have no pity on these 'old dears' whatsoever!

Edited to Add,

They are then handed over to North Yorkshire Police and held at Harrogate Police Station pending a hearing.
Well said.
 
#5
They were not arrested inside the base and were not cutting through a fence so criminal trespass cannot be proved.
 
#7
Mike_2817 said:
Trespass is a civil offence, and you can only request and escort the accused of the land. Menworth Hill is guarded by the MPGS & MOD Police as it is a crown property, and is covered by the Menwith Hill Byelaw's of 1996. They were arrested under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act by the MOD Police becouse they breached their bail conditions for a 3rd time, and were in possision of tools, making it "going equipped" or "criminal trespass" if it can be proved that they cut the fence to enter or coursed any damage once inside.

Menworth Hill which is a United States Facility manned mainly by civilians with some U.S. Forces Staff, but they have nothing to do with the outer base security. The Menworth Hill Peace Protesters are always trying to enter the base almost on a weekly basis. I have no pity on these 'old dears' whatsoever!

Edited to Add,

They are then handed over to North Yorkshire Police and held at Harrogate Police Station pending a hearing.
just a little pointer...that wil be MENWITH HILL...with more cctv on the perimeter than you'd find in H'gate town centre...and if my eyes didn't deceive me as i drove past the place at the weekend... it looked like they have a tremble device located in the wire (just like site guard!!lol) :wink:
 
#9
The Menwith Hill Byelaw's of 1996 extend 1km from the boundry fence.

Published on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 by the Independent / UK
Veteran Protesters Face Jail under New Anti-Terror Laws
by Ian Herbert

It takes a brave - or foolhardy - law enforcer to drag Helen John before the courts. The Metropolitan Police tried it seven years ago after the peace campaigner had daubed the 18in-high message "Ban Trident", referring to the nuclear warhead of that name, on to the Houses of Parliament. The jury, which convicted her of criminal damage, also said it "unanimously agreed that the defendant had a reasonable cause for her action".

Today, Mrs John will discover whether the Government will try its luck again, by making her and fellow veteran peace protester Sylvia Boyes the first individuals to face charges under a little-noticed clause in the Government's Serious Organised Crime and Police Act, which came into force last month.


Helen John and Sylvia Boyes. (Photo/The Independent)

Mrs John, 68, and Mrs Boyes, 62, who have been told to report to Harrogate police station to hear their fate, were arrested on 2 April after setting out to highlight the law, which civil liberties groups believe will criminalise free speech and undermine the right to peaceful demonstration, under the guise of the war on terror. If the Attorney General does exercise his right to charge them, he will hand the women a welcome boost to what has become an increasingly lonely struggle to highlight concerns about Menwith Hill, the shadowy American communications interception unit in the Yorkshire Dales where they were arrested.

Mrs Boyes demonstrated her disdain for the threat of charges, which could bring a year's imprisonment or £5,000 fine, by returning to Menwith for a "celebration picnic" within a week of her arrest. Mrs John has equal resolve - though it has been constrained by problems with her van, which gets her to Menwith from her small terraced home in Keighley, west Yorkshire.

"This will not stop me, whether they charge me or not," said Mrs Boyes, a Quaker whose philosophy is more pacifist and less overtly political than her friend's. "I am still utterly dumbfounded that we were arrested like that, straight away, under legislation designed to counter international organised crime and international terrorism. Terrorists attack buses and the Underground - places where people are - not remote bases. And since when did drug traffickers go to military bases?"

Mrs Boyes also has a track record for making a fool of prosecuting barristers. After going on trial in 2001 for causing criminal damage to a Trident submarine docked at Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, she argued that her actions were preventing a greater evil and was acquitted.

Mrs John, a former midwife, moved to Yorkshire in 1993 and set up a permanent women's peace camp at Menwith Hill to try to draw attention to claims that commercial espionage was being pursued there.

© 2006 Independent News and Media Limited
http://www.yorkshiretoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=55&ArticleID=1495394

Anti-terror case of peace pair still under scrutiny
Brian Dooks

TWO veteran peace campaigners who are believed to be the first people to face possible charges under a new Act intended to deal with terrorism have had their bail extended.
Grandmothers Helen John, 68, and Sylvia Boyes, 62, were due to answer bail at Harrogate police station yesterday in connection with offences they are alleged to have committed at the United States signals intelligence station at Menwith Hill.
They were arrested under a little-known section of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act, which came into force last month.
But yesterday a spokes-man for the Ministry of Defence Police said: "The two women in their 60s arrested at RAF Menwith Hill on April 1 on suspicion of criminal trespass and going equipped were due to answer bail today. But the case is still being considered so their bail has been extended until May 31."
Mrs John travels from her home in Otley to maintain the Menwith Hill peace camp in a layby about a mile from the main entrance to the base, west of Harrogate. She and Mrs Boyes, of Keighley, are long-term peace campaigners. They became the first people to be arrested under the Government's latest anti-terror legislation.
Civil liberties groups claim the section of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act will crimin-alise free speech and undermine the right to peaceful demonstration. Under the new law, protesters who breach security at any of 10 military bases across Britain, including Menwith Hill and Fylingdales Early Warning Station on the North York Moors, will be viewed as potential terrorists and face up to a year in prison or a £5,000 fine.
11 May 2006
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#10
SOCA are highly unlikely to have done the arresting. The Serious Organised Crime Act 2005 laid the legal foundations for the establishment of SOCA and also new "serious" criminal offences e.g. organised immigration crime, large scale drug dealing etc. Any police force can prosecute someone under the Serious Organised Crime Act 2005, not just SOCA. They were more than likely nabbed by MOD plod or the local force who pressed charges and then forwarded the case to the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure that they are brought to trial.

Still have no sympathy for the blue rinse tree hugging hippies. They should know better! Stick to bingo or whist.
 
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105AVRE said:
just a little pointer...that wil be MENWITH HILL...with more cctv on the perimeter than you'd find in H'gate town centre...and if my eyes didn't deceive me as i drove past the place at the weekend... it looked like they have a tremble device located in the wire (just like site guard!!lol) :wink:
Yep, thats the one, with more golf balls than Harrogate Golf Club as well! You will have seen the protest camp cravans in the A59 lay bye as well, which has its very own camera trained on it ............ Sheep set of the tremblers all the time, but Remote Radio CCTV can confirm that!

Yes it was the MOd Plod - N Yorks Police seldom venture near it, unless called.
 
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Mike_2817 said:
105AVRE said:
just a little pointer...that wil be MENWITH HILL...with more cctv on the perimeter than you'd find in H'gate town centre...and if my eyes didn't deceive me as i drove past the place at the weekend... it looked like they have a tremble device located in the wire (just like site guard!!lol) :wink:
Yep, thats the one, with more golf balls than Harrogate Golf Club as well! You will have seen the protest camp cravans in the A59 lay bye as well, which has its very own camera trained on it ............ Sheep set of the tremblers all the time, but Remote Radio CCTV can confirm that!

Yes it was the MOd Plod - N Yorks Police seldom venture near it, unless called.
excellent! 8) and you might appreciate this http://www.fas.org/irp/facility/menwith.htm which has some splendid views of the place :wink:

but not the smelly little caravan located in the lay-by :roll:
 
#14
Serves them right. How many warnings do they want?
 
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105AVRE said:
excellent! 8) and you might appreciate this http://www.fas.org/irp/facility/menwith.htm which has some splendid views of the place :wink:

but not the smelly little caravan located in the lay-by :roll:
:) Yes, seen that site before, plus pass the place often..... have even been inside the admin area. 8)

:x The byelaw only allows for one caravan and upto 6 protesters at any one time.
 

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