Brighton MP slams police scare tactics

Brighton MP David Lepper has condemned police surveillance of the Cowley Club, a libertarian social centre used for a variety of political events:

Police ‘scare tactics’

An MP has accused Sussex Police of deliberately intimidating patrons of a social club.

In a surprise intervention David Lepper, Labour MP for Brighton Pavilion, said the police’s decision to photograph people entering and exiting the Cowley Club in London Road for a meeting about the environment last week appeared designed to scare activists rather than prevent crime.

Mr Lepper has written to Chief Supt Graham Bartlett, the force’s divisional commander for Brighton and Hove, demanding why officers were posted opposite the venue on Friday.

Members of the Cowley Club, which was hosting a meeting of environmental protest group Earth First, were confronted with four uniformed officers outside the Somerfield store, opposite the venue, snapping visitors using a paparazzi-style lens.

For more information on the use of Forward Intelligence Teams please consult the following:

http://fitwatch.blogspot.com
http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/elections-2008/2008/05/fit-team-city-hall-police-bnp
http://www.bjp-online.com/public/showPage.html?page=796182
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/may/30/ukcrime.youthjustice

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