Eubank arrested after Iraq truck protest

#1
Eubank arrested after Iraq truck protest
Daily Telegraph
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Chris Eubank, the eccentric former boxer, was today arrested after staging a bizarre protest against the Iraq war near Downing Street.

The retired world champion was seen driving up and down Whitehall in a lorry bearing the slogan: "Blair, don't send our young prince to your catastrophic illegal war to make it look plausible."

The lorry was also emblazoned with his own name, in large letters on the side.

He was stopped by officers and then arrested, according to witnesses. Television news crews filmed Eubank, wearing a cream suit and a silver tie, being calmly escorted to a police van and then driven away.

Scotland Yard confirmed a man had been arrested for breach of the peace but refused to give further details of the alleged offence.

It is believed that Eubank, 40, who holds an HGV licence, is now being held at Charing Cross police station.

A colourful character in and out of the ring, Eubank has been in trouble with the police before. In 2005 he was fined £450 for driving away a beer delivery lorry that was blocking a road near his home in Brighton.
 
#2
That bloke lost the plot years ago, at the end of the day Harry wants to go and fair play to him.
 
#4
He's a bit of a loon admitted, but how exactly is that a breach of the peace? I do wonder whether we are descending into a police state at times. Whatever happened to the right to free speech?
 
#7
JPA_SAYS_NO said:
He's a bit of a loon admitted, but how exactly is that a breach of the peace? I do wonder whether we are descending into a police state at times. Whatever happened to the right to free speech?
I suspect the focus of this protest is Eubank, Iraq comes a close second.
 
#8
Dear All,

Unless there is more to the story than has so far been reported, how can this possibly be a 'breach of the peace'? I could understand careless driving, or driving without due care and attention, without road tax, with bald tyres etc, but assuming he had paid his congestion charge, on what grounds was he stopped by the Police, and how would this then lead to a charge of breach of the peace?

I know there are some very tight new laws around the Westminster area, and whether they are right or wrong we'd all better remove the car stickers containing "witticisms" if we drive near Parliament.

I have nothing for or against Mr Eubank, but I do find it difficult to believe that he was anything but courteous to the Police Officers, and the article states he was perfectly calm. Where is the breach of the peace?

Yours,

GH
 
#9
There is a breach of the peace whenever a person causes harm or appears likely to cause harm to persons or property, or acts in a manner, the natural consequence of which, is to provoke others to violence.
http://www.yourrights.org.uk/your-r...blic-order-offences/breach_of_the_peace.shtml

Assuming the above is accurate, does it not look like there might be a case for false imprisonment. Maybe even battery.

If so, I hope Eubank takes it forward. IMO the police have lost it and it is time they are shaken up.

Edit: And I seem to recall them doing squat when there was a crowd of people inciting murder in London.
 
#11
I think Chris should elect trail by combat :)
 
#12
JPA_SAYS_NO said:
Whatever happened to the right to free speech?
One day we'll get it back.
 
#13
Random_Task said:
Eubank arrested after Iraq truck protest
Daily Telegraph
Link
Chris Eubank, the eccentric former boxer, was today arrested after staging a bizarre protest against the Iraq war near Downing Street.

The retired world champion was seen driving up and down Whitehall in a lorry bearing the slogan: "Blair, don't send our young prince to your catastrophic illegal war to make it look plausible."

The lorry was also emblazoned with his own name, in large letters on the side.

He was stopped by officers and then arrested, according to witnesses. Television news crews filmed Eubank, wearing a cream suit and a silver tie, being calmly escorted to a police van and then driven away.

Scotland Yard confirmed a man had been arrested for breach of the peace but refused to give further details of the alleged offence.

It is believed that Eubank, 40, who holds an HGV licence, is now being held at Charing Cross police station.

A colourful character in and out of the ring, Eubank has been in trouble with the police before. In 2005 he was fined £450 for driving away a beer delivery lorry that was blocking a road near his home in Brighton.

Gotta love 'im tho' anyone else would have "stop the war" or "liar blair" etc,etc.... :thumleft:
 
#14
He's lucky they didn't nick him on suspicion of being a terrorist. That's what happened to the old boy who shouted 'nonsense' at Jack Straw during the Labour conference a few years ago.
 
#15
PartTimePongo said:
I think Chris should elect trail by combat :)
No point - it would still go to the judges, there'd just be a delay of 12 very boring rounds first.
 
#16
wasn't there an incident where a relative of one of the Soldiers killed in Iraq was arrested at the Cenotaph at whitehall for reciting the names of the Dead soldier who served in Iraq ?

I forgot the link, When the Govt is scared of its own shadow, thats when you know the Govt has lost it completely.
 
#17
Is this really a good use of the met police dwindling resources, or did a grey figure at No.10 ask something to be done and the met jumped and asked how high?

Nice to see Blair and the Met embracing democracy, oh hang on he's BLACK and a MUSLIM, explain that?
 
#18
semper said:
wasn't there an incident where a relative of one of the Soldiers killed in Iraq was arrested at the Cenotaph at whitehall for reciting the names of the Dead soldier who served in Iraq ?

I forgot the link, When the Govt is scared of its own shadow, thats when you know the Govt has lost it completely.
I don't think she was a bereaved relative. IIRC she was a vegetarian chef doing an anti-war protest and she hadn't asked for permission first.

Could I be accused of joining the tin foil hat brigade if I said the use of these new anti terror laws are getting a bit worrying? I think the last set of statistics I read showed around 1000 people a year being arrested for breaching them with less than 5% ever ending up being charged or prosecuted.
 
#19
To be fair, the air horn was bloody loud and very distracting - did give everyone a good laugh watching it though.
 
#20
No point - it would still go to the judges, there'd just be a delay of 12 very boring rounds first.
In the Red Corner - Eubank

In the Blue Corner - Goldsmith

You know you'd pay real cash money to watch that :D
 

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