Bustcard

Bustcards are an essential item to take with you on a protest.

They provide you with our key advice, information on stop and search and arrest, and the names and numbers of solicitors who can help you.

We often hear stories from people who weren’t carrying a bustcard as they didn’t expect to be arrested.
Always write the name and number of a solicitor and the Protest Support Line on your arm. Don’t be caught out!

To download a bustcard, please select your region

If you notice any problems with any bustcards please email gbcresources@protonmail.com.

For resources for Scotland please see Scottish Activist & Legal Project.

Location Contents:

  1.  Stop the Arms Fair
  2. London
  3. South East & East of England
  4. Bristol
  5. South West
  6. East Midlands
  7. West Midlands
  8. North East
  9. North West
  10. Leeds and West Yorkshire
  11. York and North Yorkshire
  12. Wales
  13. Northern Ireland

Stop The Arms Fair Bustcard, London: September 2021

For the September Arms Fair protests in London, we’ve developed a special bustcard, including a dedicated email contact. Click below to download printable versions

Single STAF Bustcard
4 Per Page STAF Bustcard


London

ADVICE ON ARREST Say “NO COMMENT” to all police questions during casual chats, 'booking in' & interviews. At the police station you may wish to give your name, address and date of birth to speed your release. For your protection and that of other people don’t answer further questions. Do not accept a CAUTION without advice from a recommended solicitor. This is an admission of responsibility and goes on the police national computer. You have the right to FREE LEGAL ADVICE at the police station. Duty solicitors don’t always have experience with protest law, instead ask the police to contact one of the following: ITN (Irvine Thanvi Natas): 020 3909 8100 HJA (Hodge Jones & Allen): 0808 274 8226 Bindmans: 0207 833 4433 / 020 7305 5638 (out of hours) You have the right to have someone informed of your arrest (make that the Protest Support Line unless otherwise arranged: 07946 541 511). You have the right to an interpreter if English is not your first language. If you are or appear under 18 an appropriate adult should be called.LEGAL QUESTIONS about PROTEST?STOP AND SEARCH: You’re not legally required to give your name and address under any stop and search power, see below website for more details. Legally you must be told the reason and the power that you are being searched under. If you witness an arrest, want support or have legal questions about protest: courtsupport@protonmail.com 07946 541 511 Legal Observers are independent volunteers who gather evidence on behalf of protesters and act to counter police intimidation and misbehaviour. Read more about your rights and protest legislation: www.greenandblackcross.org After arrest &/or if you have a court date & want advice email courtsupport@protonmail.com

All the firms on the London bustcard can provide cover outside of their geographical area, with advance notice.

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South East, Oxfordshire & East of England

ADVICE ON ARREST Say “NO COMMENT” to all police questions during casual chats, 'booking in' & interviews. At the police station you may wish to give your name, address and date of birth to speed your release. For your protection and that of other people don’t answer further questions. Do not accept a CAUTION without advice from a recommended solicitor. This is an admission of responsibility and goes on the police national computer. You have the right to FREE LEGAL ADVICE at the police station. Duty solicitors don’t always have experience with protest law, we recommend asking the police to contact: Kelly’s: 01273 674 898 / 0800 387 463 (out of hours) HJA (Hodge Jones & Allen): 0808 274 8226 You have the right to have someone informed of your arrest (make that the Protest Support Line unless otherwise arranged: 07946 541 511). You have the right to an interpreter if English is not your first language. If you are or appear under 18 an appropriate adult should be called.LEGAL QUESTIONS about PROTEST? STOP AND SEARCH: You’re not legally required to give your name and address under any stop and search power, see below website for more details. Legally you must be told the reason and the power that you are being searched under. If you witness an arrest, want support or have legal questions about protest: courtsupport@protonmail.com 07946 541 511 Legal Observers are independent volunteers who gather evidence on behalf of protesters and act to counter police intimidation and misbehaviour. Read more about your rights and protest legislation: www.greenandblackcross.org After arrest &/or if you have a court date & want advice email courtsupport@protonmail.com

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Bristol

ADVICE ON ARREST Say “NO COMMENT” to all police questions during casual chats, 'booking in' & interviews. At the police station you may wish to give your name, address and date of birth to speed your release. For your protection and that of other people don’t answer further questions. Do not accept a CAUTION without advice from a recommended solicitor. This is an admission of responsibility and goes on the police national computer. You have the right to FREE LEGAL ADVICE at the police station. Duty solicitors don’t always have experience with protest law, we recommend asking the police to contact: Kelly’s: 01273 674 898 / 0800 387 463 (out of hours) HJA (Hodge Jones & Allen): 0808 274 8226 You have the right to have someone informed of your arrest (make that Bristol Defendant Solidarity unless otherwise arranged: 07510 283424). You have the right to an interpreter if English is not your first language. If you are or appear under 18 an appropriate adult should be called.LEGAL QUESTIONS about PROTEST?STOP AND SEARCH: You’re not legally required to give your name and address under any stop and search power, see below website for more details. Legally you must be told the reason and the power that you are being searched under. If you witness an arrest, want support or have legal questions about protest: bristoldefendantsolidarity@riseup.net 07510 283424 Legal Observers are independent volunteers who gather evidence on behalf of protesters and act to counter police intimidation and misbehaviour. Read more about your rights and protest legislation: www.greenandblackcross.org After arrest &/or if you have a court date & want advice email bristoldefendantsolidarity@riseup.net

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South West England

ADVICE ON ARREST Say “NO COMMENT” to all police questions during casual chats, 'booking in' & interviews. At the police station you may wish to give your name, address and date of birth to speed your release. For your protection and that of other people don’t answer further questions. Do not accept a CAUTION without advice from a recommended solicitor. This is an admission of responsibility and goes on the police national computer. You have the right to FREE LEGAL ADVICE at the police station. Duty solicitors don’t always have experience with protest law, we recommend asking the police to contact: Kelly’s: 01273 674 898 / 0800 387 463 (out of hours) HJA (Hodge Jones & Allen): 0808 274 8226 You have the right to have someone informed of your arrest (make that the Protest Support Line unless otherwise arranged: 07946 541 511). You have the right to an interpreter if English is not your first language. If you are or appear under 18 an appropriate adult should be called.LEGAL QUESTIONS about PROTEST? STOP AND SEARCH: You’re not legally required to give your name and address under any stop and search power, see below website for more details. Legally you must be told the reason and the power that you are being searched under. If you witness an arrest, want support or have legal questions about protest: courtsupport@protonmail.com 07946 541 511 Legal Observers are independent volunteers who gather evidence on behalf of protesters and act to counter police intimidation and misbehaviour. Read more about your rights and protest legislation: www.greenandblackcross.org After arrest &/or if you have a court date & want advice email courtsupport@protonmail.com

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East Midlands

ADVICE ON ARREST Say “NO COMMENT” to all police questions during casual chats, 'booking in' & interviews. At the police station you may wish to give your name, address and date of birth to speed your release. For your protection and that of other people don’t answer further questions. Do not accept a CAUTION without advice from a recommended solicitor. This is an admission of responsibility and goes on the police national computer. You have the right to FREE LEGAL ADVICE at the police station. Duty solicitors don’t always have experience with protest law, we recommend asking the police to contact: Bird & Co (Lincolnshire): 01476 591711/ 07711 627048 (out of hours) Bird & Co (Nottinghamshire): 01636 650880/ 07971 923651 (out of hours) Banner Jones: 01246 560 560/ 07973 225894 (out of hours) You have the right to have someone informed of your arrest (make that the Protest Support Line unless otherwise arranged: 07946 541 511). You have the right to an interpreter if English is not your first language. If you are or appear under 18 an appropriate adult should be called.LEGAL QUESTIONS about PROTEST? STOP AND SEARCH: You’re not legally required to give your name and address under any stop and search power, see below website for more details. Legally you must be told the reason and the power that you are being searched under. If you witness an arrest, want support or have legal questions about protest: courtsupport@protonmail.com 07946 541 511 Legal Observers are independent volunteers who gather evidence on behalf of protesters and act to counter police intimidation and misbehaviour. Read more about your rights and protest legislation: www.greenandblackcross.org After arrest &/or if you have a court date & want advice email courtsupport@protonmail.com

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West Midlands

ADVICE ON ARREST Say “NO COMMENT” to all police questions during casual chats, 'booking in' & interviews. At the police station you may wish to give your name, address and date of birth to speed your release. For your protection and that of other people don’t answer further questions. Do not accept a CAUTION without advice from a recommended solicitor. This is an admission of responsibility and goes on the police national computer. You have the right to FREE LEGAL ADVICE at the police station. Duty solicitors don’t always have experience with protest law, we recommend asking the police to contact: BMV Solicitors (Birmingham): 0121 248 1980 You have the right to have someone informed of your arrest (make that the Protest Support Line unless otherwise arranged: 07946 541 511). You have the right to an interpreter if English is not your first language. If you are or appear under 18 an appropriate adult should be called.LEGAL QUESTIONS about PROTEST?STOP AND SEARCH: You’re not legally required to give your name and address under any stop and search power, see below website for more details. Legally you must be told the reason and the power that you are being searched under. If you witness an arrest, want support or have legal questions about protest: courtsupport@protonmail.com 07946 541 511 Legal Observers are independent volunteers who gather evidence on behalf of protesters and act to counter police intimidation and misbehaviour. Read more about your rights and protest legislation: www.greenandblackcross.org After arrest &/or if you have a court date & want advice email courtsupport@protonmail.com

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North East England

ADVICE ON ARREST Say “NO COMMENT” to all police questions during casual chats, 'booking in' & interviews. At the police station you may wish to give your name, address and date of birth to speed your release. For your protection and that of other people don’t answer further questions. Do not accept a CAUTION without advice from a recommended solicitor. This is an admission of responsibility and goes on the police national computer. You have the right to FREE LEGAL ADVICE at the police station. Duty solicitors don’t always have experience with protest law, we recommend asking the police to contact: Singleton Winn Connell (Newcastle upon Tyne): 0191 2658817 You have the right to have someone informed of your arrest (make that the Protest Support Line unless otherwise arranged: 07946 541 511). You have the right to an interpreter if English is not your first language. If you are or appear under 18 an appropriate adult should be called.LEGAL QUESTIONS about PROTEST?STOP AND SEARCH: You’re not legally required to give your name and address under any stop and search power, see below website for more details. Legally you must be told the reason and the power that you are being searched under. If you witness an arrest, want support or have legal questions about protest: courtsupport@protonmail.com 07946 541 511 Legal Observers are independent volunteers who gather evidence on behalf of protesters and act to counter police intimidation and misbehaviour. Read more about your rights and protest legislation: www.greenandblackcross.org After arrest &/or if you have a court date & want advice email courtsupport@protonmail.com

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Manchester & North West England

ADVICE ON ARREST Say “NO COMMENT” to all police questions during casual chats, 'booking in' & interviews. At the police station you may wish to give your name, address and date of birth to speed your release. For your protection and that of other people don’t answer further questions. Do not accept a CAUTION without advice from a recommended solicitor. This is an admission of responsibility and goes on the police national computer. You have the right to FREE LEGAL ADVICE at the police station. Duty solicitors don’t always have experience with protest law, we recommend asking the police to contact: Hodge Jones & Allen (HJA): 0808 274 8226 - we recommend telling this firm the date of protests in advance to ensure they have North West capacity You have the right to have someone informed of your arrest (make that the Protest Support Line unless otherwise arranged: 07946 541 511). You have the right to an interpreter if English is not your first language. If you are or appear under 18 an appropriate adult should be called.LEGAL QUESTIONS about PROTEST? STOP AND SEARCH: You’re not legally required to give your name and address under any stop and search power, see below website for more details. Legally you must be told the reason and the power that you are being searched under. If you witness an arrest, want support or have legal questions about protest: courtsupport@protonmail.com 07946 541 511 Legal Observers are independent volunteers who gather evidence on behalf of protesters and act to counter police intimidation and misbehaviour. Read more about your rights and protest legislation: www.greenandblackcross.org After arrest &/or if you have a court date & want advice email courtsupport@protonmail.com

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Leeds & West Yorkshire

ADVICE ON ARREST Say “NO COMMENT” to all police questions during casual chats, 'booking in' & interviews. At the police station you may wish to give your name, address and date of birth to speed your release. For your protection and that of other people don’t answer further questions. Do not accept a CAUTION without advice from a recommended solicitor. This is an admission of responsibility and goes on the police national computer. You have the right to FREE LEGAL ADVICE at the police station. Duty solicitors don’t always have experience with protest law, we recommend asking the police to contact: Harrison Bundy (Leeds): 0113 200 7400 / 07659 106872 (out of hours) You have the right to have someone informed of your arrest (make that the Protest Support Line unless otherwise arranged: 07946 541 511). You have the right to an interpreter if English is not your first language. If you are or appear under 18 an appropriate adult should be called.LEGAL QUESTIONS about PROTEST?STOP AND SEARCH: You’re not legally required to give your name and address under any stop and search power, see below website for more details. Legally you must be told the reason and the power that you are being searched under. If you witness an arrest, want support or have legal questions about protest: courtsupport@protonmail.com 07946 541 511 Legal Observers are independent volunteers who gather evidence on behalf of protesters and act to counter police intimidation and misbehaviour. Read more about your rights and protest legislation: www.greenandblackcross.org After arrest &/or if you have a court date & want advice email courtsupport@protonmail.com

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York & North Yorkshire

ADVICE ON ARREST Say “NO COMMENT” to all police questions during casual chats, 'booking in' & interviews. At the police station you may wish to give your name, address and date of birth to speed your release. For your protection and that of other people don’t answer further questions. Do not accept a CAUTION without advice from a recommended solicitor. This is an admission of responsibility and goes on the police national computer. You have the right to FREE LEGAL ADVICE at the police station. Duty solicitors don’t always have experience with protest law, we recommend asking the police to contact: Howard & Byrne (York): 01904 431421 You have the right to have someone informed of your arrest (make that the Protest Support Line unless otherwise arranged: 07946 541 511). You have the right to an interpreter if English is not your first language. If you are or appear under 18 an appropriate adult should be called.LEGAL QUESTIONS about PROTEST?STOP AND SEARCH: You’re not legally required to give your name and address under any stop and search power, see below website for more details. Legally you must be told the reason and the power that you are being searched under. If you witness an arrest, want support or have legal questions about protest: courtsupport@protonmail.com 07946 541 511 Legal Observers are independent volunteers who gather evidence on behalf of protesters and act to counter police intimidation and misbehaviour. Read more about your rights and protest legislation: www.greenandblackcross.org After arrest &/or if you have a court date & want advice email courtsupport@protonmail.com

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Wales

ADVICE ON ARREST Say “NO COMMENT” to all police questions during casual chats, 'booking in' & interviews. At the police station you may wish to give your name, address and date of birth to speed your release. For your protection and that of other people don’t answer further questions. Do not accept a CAUTION without advice from a recommended solicitor. This is an admission of responsibility and goes on the police national computer. You have the right to FREE LEGAL ADVICE at the police station. Duty solicitors don’t always have experience with protest law, we recommend asking the police to contact: Hodge Jones & Allen (HJA): 0808 274 8226 - this firm covers the Wales area when told of a protest in advance You have the right to have someone informed of your arrest (make that the Protest Support Line unless otherwise arranged: 07946 541 511). You have the right to an interpreter if English is not your first language. If you are or appear under 18 an appropriate adult should be called.LEGAL QUESTIONS about PROTEST?STOP AND SEARCH: You’re not legally required to give your name and address under any stop and search power, see below website for more details. Legally you must be told the reason and the power that you are being searched under. If you witness an arrest, want support or have legal questions about protest: courtsupport@protonmail.com 07946 541 511 Legal Observers are independent volunteers who gather evidence on behalf of protesters and act to counter police intimidation and misbehaviour. Read more about your rights and protest legislation: www.greenandblackcross.org After arrest &/or if you have a court date & want advice email courtsupport@protonmail.com

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CYNGOR WRTH GAEL EICH ARESTIO Dywedwch "DIM SYLW" i bob cwestiwn yr heddlu wrth iddyn nhw sgwrsio, yn eich cymryd i'r orsaf heddlu neu yn ystod cyfweliad. Yn yr orsaf heddlu y mae'n bosib fyddych chi in dewis rhoi eich enw, cyfeiriad a dyddiad genedigaeth i cyflymu eich rhyddhad. Peidiwch ag ateb unhryw cwestiynau pellach, mae hyn ar gyfer eich diogelwch yn ogystal a diogelwch pobl eraill. Peidiwch derbyn RHYBYDD heb gyngor cyfreithiwr. Mae hyn yn dangos fod chi'n gyfreithiol am y trosedd ac yn cael ei recordio ar gyfrifiadur cenedlaethol yr heddlu. Mae gennych yr hawl i GYNGOR CYFREITHIOL AM DDIM yn yr orsaf heddlu. Nid oes gan y cyfreithwyr ar ddyletswydd ddigon o brofiad gyda cyfraith protest pob tro, rydym yn eich cynghori i ofyn i'r heddlu i gysulltu a: Hodge Jones & Allen (HJA): 0808 274 8226 - y mae'r cwmni yma yn gweithio yn Nghymru os oes ydyn nhw wedi cael eu rhybyddio o flaen llaw Mae gennych yr hawl i fynnu fod rhwyun yn gwybod eich fod wedi cael eich arestio (galwch y Protest Support Line os nad oes gennych gynllun gwahanol yn barod: 07946 541 511). Mae gennych yr hawl i gyfieithwr os nid Saesneg yw eich iaith cyntaf. Os ydych chi o dan 18 mlwydd oed, neu yn edrych fod chi in iau na 18, ddylai'r heddlu gysulltu oedolyn addas.Oes gennych chi GWESTIYNAU CYFREITHIOL am BROTEST? STOPIO A CHWILIO: Nid oes angen i chi rhoi eich enw neu eich cyfeiriad o dan ynhryw bŵer stopio a chwilio, ewch i'r wefan isod am fwy o fanylion. Mae'n rhaid i'r heddlu ddweud wrthych pam y maen yn eich chwilio ac o dan pa bŵer. Os ydych yn gweld rhywun yn cael ei harestio, os ydych chi angen cymorth neu os oes gennych chi gwestiynau am brotestio: courtsupport@protonmail.com 07946 541 511 Gwirfyddolwyr yw Gwylwyr Cyfreithiol sydd yn casglu tystiolaeth ar gyfer protestwyr ac yn gweithio yn erbyn bygythiadau a camfiafiad yr heddlu. Cewch ddarllen fwy am eich hawliau a deddfau protest: www.greenandblackcross.org Ar ôl i chi gael eich arestio, neu os oes gennych dyddiad llys ac rydych chi eisiau cyngor, ebostiwch courtsupport@protonmail.com

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Northern Ireland

ADVICE ON ARREST Say “NO COMMENT” to all police questions during casual chats, 'booking in' & interviews. At the police station you may wish to give your name, address and date of birth to speed your release. For your protection and that of other people don’t answer further questions. Do not accept a CAUTION without advice from a recommended solicitor. This is an admission of responsibility and goes on the police national computer. You have the right to FREE LEGAL ADVICE at the police station. Duty solicitors don’t always have experience with protest law, we recommend asking the police to contact: KRW (Kevin R. Winters): 028 9024 1888 (Belfast) You have the right to have someone informed of your arrest (make that the Protest Support Line unless otherwise arranged: 07946 541 511). You have the right to an interpreter if English is not your first language. If you are or appear under 18 an appropriate adult should be called.LEGAL QUESTIONS about PROTEST?STOP AND SEARCH: You do not have to give your name and address under most stop and search powers. Ask the reason for the stop and the power that you are being searched under. If you witness an arrest, want support or have legal questions about protest: courtsupport@protonmail.com 07946 541 511 Legal Observers are independent volunteers who gather evidence on behalf of protesters and act to counter police intimidation and misbehaviour. Read more about your rights and protest legislation: www.greenandblackcross.org After arrest &/or if you have a court date & want advice email courtsupport@protonmail.com

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Key Messages

Coronavirus

COVID-19 has lead to changes in policing & protest law which may affect the information in this guide. Please also read our guide to Coronavirus & Protest Law.

  • No Comment
  • You do not need to answer police questions, so don’t.

  • No Personal Details
  • You don't have to give details under ANY stop and search power.

  • No Duty Solicitor
  • Use a recommended solicitor with protest experience.

  • No Caution
  • They admit guilt for an alleged offence that might never get to court.

  • What Power?
  • Ask "What power?" to challenge a police officer to act lawfully.

Coronavirus

COVID-19 has lead to changes in policing & protest law which may affect the information in this guide. Please also read our guide to Coronavirus & Protest Law.

Key Messages

  • No Comment
  • You do not need to answer police questions, so don’t.

  • No Personal Details
  • You don't have to give details under ANY stop and search power.

  • No Duty Solicitor
  • Use a recommended solicitor with protest experience.

  • No Caution
  • They admit guilt for an alleged offence that might never get to court.

  • What Power?
  • Ask "What power?" to challenge a police officer to act lawfully.

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