Court results following the policing operation at Kirby Misperton
The final cases at York Magistrates Court related to protest activity at Kirby Misperton between September 2017 and January 2018 have now concluded.
You can read coverage in the York Press.
Throughout the operation, our role has been to balance the rights of everyone at Kirby Misperton – including people assembling and protesting peacefully, businesses carrying out their lawful activity, and local residents going about their daily lives safely and without disruption. We responded proportionately to protests, and worked with the protesters to explain what was acceptable in terms of safety and reasonableness.
However, as the judge said following one trial, ‘rights are not trump cards that can simply be played to deny the rights of other people’. So when the balance tipped from peaceful protest to deliberate, unlawful acts that caused unreasonable disruption to others, we had to take appropriate action.
The local Neighbourhood Policing Team continues to work in Kirby Misperton and surrounding villages, with ongoing support from local residents to keep our communities safe.