[10 NOV 00]
WARWICKSHIRE CONSTABULARY NEWS
Protestors Told To Keep On Moving
protestors have been warned that police in Warwickshire and the
West Midlands will clamp down hard on any slow-moving convoys
moving through the area.
could face prosecution if their actions are deemed to be
threatening the lives of others.
fuel tax protest convoy is expected to come through the region at
the weekend, and organisers are to be served with a notice under
section 12 of the Public Order act.
will specify a prescribed route to which the protestors must
spokesperson for Warwickshire Police said:
force is adopting a robust approach and will act to maintain the
free flow of traffic and ensure public safety while recognised
individual’s rights to peaceful protest.”
in the area, particularly the M6, M40 and M42 could be at risk of
severe congestion this weekend.
public bodies in Warwickshire have been working together to avoid
the chaos that paralysed the country during September’s fuel
plans have been drawn up to protect Kingsbury oil terminal in case
the blockades return.
and councils have developed plans to keep services running if
petrol stations are forced to close.
Acting Assistant Chief Constable Derek Cake said:
is by no means certain that there will be the sort of protests
that we saw in September. However, as a county we are well
prepared for such events and the public should remain confident
that any disruption will be dealt with swiftly and firmly.
have a democratic right to protest, however, where the break the
law or put others in danger, we will take robust action.”