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Walking an offence in Scotland under Terror legislation

The operators of the Port of Dundee said today they had no choice but to have a pedestrian using the cycle path through the area “arrested” under anti-terrorism legislation, writes Steven Bell.
An incident involving local businesswoman Sally Cameron has led to claims of “ridiculous” heavy-handedness on the part of port security and the police.

Ms Cameron (34) was stopped by police, allegedly under the Terrorism Act, but the case has subsequently been dropped by the Procurator Fiscal.


This issue. The one relating to Walter Wolfgang, the proposals to introduce internment by the back door (90 days), show the problems with the balance of where legislative powers lie.

The police do make mistakes. The problem arises that the consequences and fall out from those mistakes can be very damaging. This is what happened in Northern Ireland. Justice needs to be done and seen to be done to obtain acceptance that justice has been done. Otherwise resentment grows and has a consequential effect.

Comments

Matthew said…
Hi,

Any chance you can elaborate on what you mean by Northern Ireland, please?

Regards,

Matthew
john said…
Internment in Northern Ireland was a policy that is generally accepted to have caused a substantial worsening of "the troubles".

There is a lot of material on the net about this.

I accept the point that Internment was a government policy, not necessarily one driven by the then RUC.

The issue of acceptance is key. Even if you do get the right people if no effort has gone into proving that then it will create resentment. This has the ability to develop into a feud of some form.

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R v SUSSEX JUSTICES ex p McCARTHY [1924] 1 KB 256

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KING’S BENCH DIVISION

R v SUSSEX JUSTICES ex p McCARTHY [1924] 1 KB 256

November 9 1923

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