[g8-sheffield] up to a year in prison

adriana hjdsmdr at mixmail.com
Sun May 29 04:01:37 BST 2005

latest from twin team

new power likely to be applied (though perhaps not in Sheffield? does 
anyone know yet?)

> National Security Trespass
> There is a new power under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act
> 2005 which allows the Home Secretary to designate anywhere in the UK
> as off-limits on national security grounds. This has been passed by
> parliament but not, at the time of writing, brought into force.
> However, it seems to us very probably aimed at the G8 so it may be
> brought in quite last minute. We will post information on the website
> and at convergence centres if it is.
> If in force, and if an area (e.g. the Gleneagles Hotel) had been
> designated, then it would be an offence punishable by up to a year in
> prison to be in the designated area. The only defence is a heavily
> reversed burden of proof, requiring you to prove that you "did not
> know and had no reasonable cause to suspect" that the area in
> question was designated. There are a number of possible challenges
> afterwards.

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