The police soon arrived and we had set up a basic camp by then, along with our section 6 notices and told the police we were swatting the land and had set up a peaceful protest camp like activists had done so last year.
A few hours later an Inspector turned up and told activists that because of a complaint from Geoffrey Douglas and because of a 'previous event' at the farm our camp would be in violation of section 42 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, which was brought out to stop home demos.
We debated that the camp was peaceful and legal, and that we had no problems last year and that any 'previous events' had nothing to do with us, as we were peaceful protesters and we have a legitimate right to freedom of assembly and lawful protest. However the Inspector said he would arrest us unless we complied with his directions, which was to leave the site with very little notice, but that we were 'allowed' to protest there between 7am the next day until 7pm. But that we would not be allowed to say outside the farm during the night time.
The treat of arrest was imminent and meant we had no real choice as if we had stayed we would have been arrested and maybe bailed away anyway, so activists decided that at least they would come back in the morning and continue their protest the next day. The protest camp will continue and activists will be there every day from 7am and will set up the camp us usual and we will not be deterred, we may well get more experience in setting up the camp and tatting down in the evening then we thought though!
If you would like to come and support the protest camp during each day, then please come down after 7am in the morning. Please phone the camp first to get up to date information. The activists are asking for solidarity and support so they can carrying on their peaceful protest highlighting the needless cruelty of this laboratory supplier and will be available to talk to the press about the very important issues.
We look forward to seeing you there! The camp number is: 07973 722978
(Pictures and updates coming soon)