Base trespass suspects rearrested

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  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!.
     
  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. Well said.
     
  5. They were not arrested inside the base and were not cutting through a fence so criminal trespass cannot be proved.
     
  6. Lucky the Septics didn't shoot them, if some old dorris can get in god help if a terrorist got in.
     
  7. 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:
     
  8. Ship 'em off to Guantanamo! That'll teach 'em! :D

    CC_TA
     
  9. The Menwith Hill Byelaw's of 1996 extend 1km from the boundry fence.

    http://www.yorkshiretoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=55&ArticleID=1495394

     
  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.
     
  11. 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.
     
  12. Just shoot the mad cows.
     
  13. 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?
     
  15. :) 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.