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CASE AGAINST ARRESTED BARTON MOSS SALFORD SCHOOLGIRL DROPPED
 

Star date: 30th May 2014

A Salford Star Exclusive

CASE AGAINST SAFFRON HUGHES DROPPED AS SOLICITORS TALK OF `SUFFERING AND EMOTIONAL TURMOIL' OF 15 YEAR OLD…

"I'm angry that I didn't have a chance to say my version in the court. I did nothing wrong on that day" Saffron

The first cases of aggravated trespass against Barton Moss protectors, due in court on Monday, have been dropped. The two cases include the charge against 15 year old Salford schoolgirl, Saffron Hughes, arrested at Barton Moss in February, which shocked and outraged the community.

Solicitor Simon Pook, of Robert Lizars, tonight told of the `suffering, bullying and emotional turmoil' Saffron endured after the arrest, while Saffron declared her `relief' tinged with `anger' that she "didn't have a chance to say my version in the court"

Full details here…


Saffron and Supporters Outside Swinton Police Station Saffron and Mum After Release From Swinton Police Station
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The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has dropped charges of aggravated trespass against 15 year old Salford schoolgirl, Saffron Hughes, and Kate McCann, which were due to be heard at Manchester Magistrates Court on Monday.

"I'm relieved the case is over" Saffron told the Salford Star this evening "However I'm angry that I didn't have a chance to say my version in the court. I did nothing wrong on that day. Thank you to Lizars for representing me and all the protectors at Barton Moss."

The arrest of Saffron caused shock and outrage from both eye witnesses and the wider community when she was pulled from the line of protectors and arrested while slow walking lorries from the IGas exploratory drilling site during anti-fracking protests at Barton Moss back in February.

Saffron was arrested around 2pm and taken to Swinton Police Station where she was held until 8:15pm, during which time she wasn't allowed access to her mother, although her father did get to see her. Around two dozen people protested outside the police station until Saffron's release.

At the time, Saffron's brother Kyle, who was at Barton Moss on the day, told the Salford Star "I just think it's the police being aggressive more than anything...It's scary when it's the first time you've been on the walk and get arrested for `walking'."

Family friend, Ian Tushingham, added  "I certainly didn't see any offence. This was a young girl doing her school project on the pros and cons of fracking, trying to get a well judged view by coming and getting information first hand - and was bullied and harangued by police…It was shocking and very, very shameful what the GMP have done today." (see previous Salford Star article – click here).

This evening Simon Pook, solicitor with Robert Lizars who represented Saffron and Kate said: "We welcome the decision by the CPS to discontinue this case against Saffron Hughes and Kate McCann, particularly the case against Saffron - given her young age and the suffering and emotional turmoil she has been through, including the bullying she was subjected to during the early stages of her arrest

"Our concern is the escalating cost to the public purse of the ongoing failures of these cases" Simon Pook added.

Meanwhile, Sally Clough, one of the Salford protectors at Barton Moss told the Salford Star: "The Government needs to do a full scale inquiry into the actions of Greater Manchester Police at Barton Moss. Not only is this a huge waste of tax payers money, but there are serious breaches of human rights legislation.

"At one point the media referred to this as a war of words between us and GMP" she added "but all along we have stated that they were not only acting outside of the law but actually out of control, and now we feel fully vindicated."

This latest setback for the CPS brings a total of 22 cases where charges have either been dropped, dismissed or the defendant found `not guilty' (see previous Salford Star article - click here)

Photos by Steven Speed

Gareth wrote
at 16:24:11 on 02 June 2014
Well done on the victory keep up the good fight!!! GMP yet again showing they are not upholders of justice, but of the rights of corporations to make as much profit as they can regardless of environmental or sociatal consequencies!
 
Nick (stoptherot) wrote
at 21:40:51 on 31 May 2014
Great news about little Saffy. I, amongst a lot of other Protectors was desperate for this to be shown up for what it was, an unlawful arrest. Enjoy the compensation Saffy, you've earned it. As I said at the time, the Police involved in this arrest should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. Karma is a bitch and a lot of the Greater Manchester gimps have plenty coming their way.
 
A.B. wrote
at 21:40:47 on 31 May 2014
Well done to Saffron , and her legal team . The GMP bullies , Fahy , And Lloyd should now suffer ' emotional turmoil '. SACK THEM ALL .
 
Chaz wrote
at 21:40:24 on 31 May 2014
Disgusting Police state filth. The fact that there isn't a full public inquiry into GMPs foul actions is an absolute disgrace and an attack on our democracy
 
Charles Nathen wrote
at 21:40:19 on 31 May 2014
The despicable , aggressive , oppressive , and heavy-handed activities of the GMP police bullies must now be independently investigated . Forget Lloyd's pretence at an 'independent ' investigation . Lloyd is just another career politician , and not one of them can be trusted . Every GMP bullying thug must be sacked . Fahey must be sacked . Lloyd must be sacked . No more milking the Taxpayers for any of them .
 
James Larkin wrote
at 06:53:19 on 31 May 2014
Well done salford star, again an exclusive report on matters that are of significant public interest to the Salford community. Will Tony Lloyd police and crime commissioner be those seeking extra funds he wants and sought to add to our council tax? Perhaps if he got hold of GMP accounts to establish and publish to the public the cost of the unlawful action of GMP at Barton Moss and the cost of bring flawed cases by GMP to court! Tony Lloyd you have let us down again! Your silence on policing at Barton Moss will be your epitaph of your career! Well done to these two victims of Injustice perpetrated by GMP under the gaze and silence of Tony Lloyd!
 
Nick P wrote
at 06:53:16 on 31 May 2014
The head of the Police and Crime Commissioner is the one that should roll, and the one that CAN be chopped by the people when the next election for this office comes round.
 
James Larkin wrote
at 06:53:10 on 31 May 2014
I have just read the flowing on the NEN web site; Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd backed the new Equality, Diversity and Human Rights (EDHR) strategy. What fools does Tony Lloyd think we are? Is this a new strategy was it in place at Barton Moss. Human Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd backed the new Equality, Diversity and Human Rights (EDHR) strategy. Where was the human rights of the protectors. An Officer from GMP tweeted his enjoyment about his actions on Barton Moss rd! Stand down Lloyd you appear to be a collaborating with GNP to violate human rights to protest and freedom of speech.
 
will latham wrote
at 21:23:29 on 30 May 2014
This is welcome and understandable (to go on would have been a sensation even the M.E.N. could not have ignored since they interviewed the parents at the time)However justice has not been done -nothing short of an apology from the Chief Constable should suffice. Maximum publicity ought to be given to this disgraceful episode.
 
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