A neighbour and community activist was arrested when he questioned what was going on. In a surprising twist, the dawn raid team were happy to invite him into the flat while the raid was taking place. It's been suggested that this is either because:
a) the Home Office are moving to a more open policy to prove they aren't really racist scumbags; or
b) the neighbour is black and they thought that meant he wasn't from here.
After 4 hours, the neighbour was charged with obstruction and released. The swift processing suggests either:
a) increased police efficiency and service standards; or
b) they know they made a mistake and will quietly drop the charges.
(So far the Home Office have secured a grand total of One conviction from their arrests around dawn raids and Brand Street. That conviction is subject to appeal.)
People are trying to locate and contact the 3 detainees and a meeting has been called for this evening in Sighthill:
Wednesday, 5:30pm at:
6 Fountainwell Square