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Police: Demonstrators

House of Lords written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Lord Dykes Lord Dykes Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to comments by Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, that kettling of demonstrators by police is justifiable.

Photo of Baroness Neville-Jones Baroness Neville-Jones Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

The use of police tactics, such as containment, is an operational matter for police forces. The courts have ruled that containment is a lawful tactic when used proportionately.

The Association of Chief Police Officers has recently published revised guidance on public order policing which includes guidance on containment. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary will shortly be publishing a report on how recommendations from its 2009 Adapting to Protest Report, including those on containment, have been met.

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