usual suspect | 10.02.2004 20:06
Eviction could now be imminent. However protestors are currently seeking legal advice regarding the legality of the eviction procedure and the order arising from it.
On 9th February at the High Court in London Mr Justice Blackburn heard, and granted, an ex parte application on behalf of claimants Costain and Caerphilly County Council against a “wide category” of defendants at the Blackwood protest camp, South Wales, on the basis of a witness statement given by a Mr. Richard Randall.
Justice Blackburn granted the interim injunction which is based on a new ruling in the Harry Potter Bloomsbury case. The injunction means that persons entering or remaining in a specified area (the threatened woodland at Blackwood, in this case) can be immediately removed.
Veteran roads campaigner Holly said:
“this is an extremely spurious bit of legislation and has been rubber- stamped without protestors being given the option of seeking legal advice or even being informed in advance. The test case on the basis of which this injunction has been granted was a very different set of circumstances and Costain and Caerphilly council would be well advised to seek further legal advice. We are staying put- Voldermort’s mates can bugger off!”
To contact Blackwood protest camp direct please phone 07952 774525
For background general and legal information please phone 07949 284368
For background information on the Blackwood protest see http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2004/02/285042.html
Work has already started on part of the Blackwood site, an ancient woodland with a local campaign history going back ten years. The European Court has yet to reach a decision regarding an appeal. Protestors have set up camp and “section six”-ed off areas of woodland declaring them to be legal dwellings, a classic squatter’s rights law which has been used by all road protest camps such as Newbury.