Welcome to the November edition of our newsletter, which this month focuses particularly on our work monitoring the policing of anti-fracking protests around the country.
In early November we launched a new report on our monitoring of the policing of anti-fracking protests since 2014, which has received lots of positive support from campaigners and even questions in the House of Lords (although the Home Office has studiously avoided offering meaningful answers). You can download a copy of the report
. It highlights:
Netpol has distributed our report to Police and Crime Commissioners in areas where the prospect of oil and gas extraction is most immediate. We are also calling for pressure on the National Police Chiefs Council to confirm how and when it plans to review its guidance on the policing of future protests against fracking.
Information Commissioner rubber-stamps unfounded link between anti-fracking and extremism
Rejecting an appeal by Netpol over the refusal of five police forces to release details of a programme to ‘deradicalise extremists’ in the anti-fracking movement, the Information Commissioner's Office has made several extremely alarming pronouncements – including a suggestion that simply asking for information from multiple forces is itself suspicious, because this could be used as part of “a radicalisation strategy... by extremists to evade detection”.
The trouble is, there is absolutely no evidence such 'extremists' exist. You can read our analysis here
New research project seeks testimony on policing of protests against fracking
Netpol is working with a team of researchers from The School of Advanced Study, University of London, the University of York and Liverpool John Moores University to launch a joint research project to look at the policing of protests against fracking in England and Wales. Find out more here
New merchandise available online
You can now order stickers
(£3 for forty) and our popular badges
(£1.60 for four + p&p) from our website. Visit our online store here
We also have a supply of free 'Together Against Prevent' stickers and badges available to campaigners organising locally against the impact of the government's draconian Prevent strategy. To order Together Against Prevent resources, contact us
Can you spare £3 a month to support us?
We know there so many fantastic organisations seeking funds, but when we say Netpol runs on a shoestring, we really mean it. Can you spare just £3 a month to help support our campaigning activities?
You can find out how at netpol.org/about/donations
- we really appreciate any help you can offer.
Crowdfunding for justice -
a scaffolder badly injured by a police inspector has been granted a judicial review hearing against the Metropolitan Police's decision to allow the officer to retire on a full pension and avoid disciplinary action in advance of a criminal trial. A full hearing is on 7 December but the claimant is not eligible for legal aid. He is seeking support for a fighting fund to protect him against the risk of having to pay the police’s legal costs, without which he will have to withdraw. Please support the appeal by donating here
NHS refers patients and staff to counter-terrorism 'Channel' programme
- Netpol was refused requests for information on countering alleged 'extremism' but it seems the BBC had more success - it recently received figures showing the NHS, in the year to July 2016, referred 420 patients and staff to police in England and Wales over concerns they were at risk of 'radicalisation'. See this report
Jenny Jones calls for IPCC to investigate alleged destruction of her police files
– the Guardian reported
that the Green Party's only member of the House of Lords has asked the Independent Police Complaints Commission to investigate claims that the Met's secretive 'domestic extremism' intelligence unit improperly destroyed files it had compiled on her.