RAF Fairford

Home Department written question – answered on 13th December 2004.

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Photo of Lynne Jones Lynne Jones Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether swords were seized from protesters at RAF Fairford under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 1994; and whether potentially dangerous weapons were seized from the protesters under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Photo of David Blunkett David Blunkett The Secretary of State for the Home Department

As I made clear in my answers to the Home Affairs Committee, the powers under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 are intended to allow the police to seize offensive weapons where they believe serious violence may take place. I cannot comment further on particular cases, some of which are subject to appeal. I understand that a range of items were seized from protesters using section 60. Contrary to my understanding at the time, I now understand that these did not include swords. During the security operation at RAF Fairford, police took items from 28 people as a result of searches that were conducted under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000. These included a kite, white powder, controlled drugs, cameras and camera equipment, and a scanner.

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