Protesting on Private Property

This guide goes through the main things to be aware of if you are planning a protest on private property.

The police have the power to arrest people for criminal offences.  Remember though that, even if convicted, first time offenders would be very unlikely to receive the maximum penalties.

If you are planning a long-term occupation then it’s good to be prepared for being faced with a Possession Order and an Injunction.

  1. Civil Law (including Possession Orders and Injunctions)
  2. Criminal Offences
  3. Private Security

For a more detailed guide, see Netpol’s Guides on Policing and the Law for Campaigners Against Fracking

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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