Protesters get Â£30k compensation Ten animal rights protesters were awarded Â£30,000 compensation by police after officers were accused of falsely imprisoning them. The campaigners claimed they were wrongfully arrested while demonstrating against a pheasant shoot at Wansdyke Farm, Ham, near Marlborough, Wiltshire. They were arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. A Wiltshire police spokesman said the case was settled out of court and without any admission of liability. The protesters' lawyer, Iftikhar Manzoor, said that on 27 October 2001 they stood next to the shooters, forcing them to stop. He said this was a commonly-used method for halting a shoot because gun-handling guidelines say a shooter must 'break' the gun to make it safe, if approached. Officers arrested the campaigners on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and detained them at West Lea police station in Swindon, Mr Manzoor said. After being interviewed they were released on bail, which was postponed and later cancelled, he said. Describing the police reaction as "over the top," Mr Manzoor said his clients were denied their lawful right to protest peacefully. "They were deprived of their liberty," he said. A police spokesman would not discuss an individual case but confirmed that Â£30,000 was paid collectively in settlement to the 10 claimants. "The settlement was reached without admission of liability," he said. (c) BBC 2005 This really grips my sh1t. From the report, it appears that the shoot was taking place on private land. The protestors shouldn't even have been there. The protestors were denied their right to peacefully protest; what about the shooters rights to engage in a perfectly safe, legal, activity on private land? Is there any chance of the landowner/shoot manager suing the protestors (collectively or each) for about Â£30k for loss of business/stressing the shooters. And another thing, the Countryside Alliance has lost in the Court of Appeal. So that's hunting with hounds outlawed from friday in England and Wales. Grrr.