The campaign against live animal exports at Ramsgate and now Dover has always been a lawful campaign. Demonstrations have always been peaceful. There has been no damage to property, no violent attacks and no secret conspiracy to break the law. Everything is above board and all our demonstrations and meetings are openly advertised. So why would the Police wish to spy on myself and, I am sure, many other people from Thanet who are simply exercising their democratic right to speak out and demonstrate against a barbaric and cruel trade? Its interesting to note that one of the entries in the database was about a meeting I organised in Margate in 2012 about Equal Marriage. Equal Marriage is now the law of the land. It was supported by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition so why did the police waste time and money recording the fact that I organised this meeting in their extremism data base?
In these difficult financial times how much have police spent on this totally unnecessary spying operation on Thanet people who care about animal welfare? I have raised this issue with Anne Barnes and will be contacting the Met Police to have my records destroyed. I am beginning to wonder whether I should I submit another FIO request now that I campaigning against fracking.
Here is a video of meeting on the London Assembly Police Committee where Green Party Assembly Member, Jenny Jones talks about spying on innocent people, including a mention of my case.
Here is the police record