Should I ignore Police Bail?

People arrested at protests often have unreasonable conditions imposed by the police when given bail, despite not being charged with an offence.

It is not unusual to have conditions imposed on you when given police bail. These conditions might limit what you can do, and when and where you can be, and can last for many months.  They are used to try to intimidate people from taking part in protest, many of whom haven’t been charged with an offence.

Some recent examples include:

  • Not being within 100m of a power generating device.
  • Not setting foot in the county of Essex.
  • Not attending any protest.

There are legal methods of challenging these conditions on the grounds that they breach the European Convention on Human Rights, in particular Article 10 “Freedom of Expression” and Article 11 “Freedom of Assembly”. However, these can be expensive and time consuming.

Instead, you might want to just ignore them. Here’s why:

  1. Why the police put everybody on bail.
  2. Breaching bail conditions is not a crime
  3. Resisting victimisation of protesters.

You might still want to challenge bail conditions imposed on you. Speak with your solicitor.


This guide has been adapted from the Legal Defence and Monitoring Group (LDMG), one of our partner groups.