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Court victory for Dale Farm activist

Issue No. 2350

A protester has won compensation from Essex Police after being arrested and held for hours with no access to water or a toilet.

Police arrested Lu Smith for obstructing a bailiff during the eviction of Travellers at Dale Farm in Basildon, Essex. 

She brought a civil claim against Essex Police for assault, false imprisonment and breach of the Human Rights Act 1998.

The court found in her favour this month. The police have issued a formal apology.

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Tue 23 Apr 2013, 18:27 BST
Issue No. 2350
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