Patel to unveil draconian new powers to stop climate activists travelling to protests

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Priti Patel will unveil tough new powers to deter climate activists traveling for protests and to allow police to search for tools such as glue, handcuffs or chains.

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The Home Secretary would say – the measure, called the Criminal Disruption Order, would prevent protesters from going into demonstrations, the Home Secretary would say – reviving memories of the 1980s targeting of striking miners who attempted to reach the picket.

And the second action would introduce stop-and-search powers with respect to those suspected of carrying objects that would allow them to attach themselves to motorways.


The plans come amid growing conservative fury about the way Insulate Britain continues to block major roads, avoiding efforts to stop it.

Ms Patel has already announced that protesters blocking the route will face up to six months in prison – raising the fine from £1,000.

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And after traffic stalled on the M4 and M1 as well as the M25, ministers are applying for a new, single court order to ban protests on all major roads in south-east England The same is covered by an injunction.

Ms Patel will announce additional measures in her Conservative Party convention speech, vowing to “close the legal loopholes exploited by these criminals”.

“Therefore, today, I can announce that I will increase the maximum penalty for obstructing a motorway, criminalizing interference with major infrastructure such as roads, railways and our free press, and to deal with the small minority of offenders. Will give new powers to the police and the courts. The intention to travel across the country is causing disruption and misery in our communities,” she will tell the gathering of Manchester.

Criminal Disruption Prevention Orders would target “prolific offenders” to prevent them from “participating in special protests” if they are deemed “likely to commit a criminal offence”.

“We see a small number of prolific criminals traveling across the country causing disruption and misery to others, most recently in repeated attempts to block the M25,” a Tory source said.

Currently, a police officer can conduct a detainment in relation to a person who is believed to be planning to commit a crime – but this will be extended to those on whom the device for protest suspected to have been carried.

The measures would be added to the Police, Crime, Punishment and Courts Bill currently underway in parliament, which allows for a moratorium on demonstrations already considered “noisy”.

In her speech, Ms Patel will also pledge to step up her campaign to stop migrants and refugees from crossing the Channel, including the controversial plan to push back small boats for the Border Force.

The Home Secretary will say that those attempting to make the crossing are coming from “massive camps outside Calais for predominantly male, economic migrants” and are being “exploited by people-smugglers”, which she describes as “cruelty and greed”. cruel criminals”. Who even threatens young children with drowning to loose their pockets.

“At the heart of this plan is a simple principle: control. It’s not unfair. Through our new plan for immigration, Britain will remain fair but firm.”


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