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Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994

Comment 1st July 2010
  • Sections 34-39, which substantially changed the right to silence of an accused person, allowing for inferences to be drawn from their silence.
  • Sections 54-59, which gave the police greater rights to take and retain intimate body samples.
  • Section 60, which increased police powers of unsupervised "stop and search".

The whole of Part V which covered collective trespass and nuisance on land and included sections against raves (63-67, including the "repetitive beats" definition) and further sections against disruptive trespass, squatters, and unauthorised campers – most significantly the criminalisation of previously civil offences. This affected many forms of protest including hunt sabotage and anti-road protests.

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Makes law abiding citizens criminals by expressing their views..

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