Today a court in Liverpool found two women guilty of the heinous crime of assisting the homeless community by the terrible crime of sharing food…
Ironically they were ordered to serve community service… for providing a much needed community service
According to one comment on Facebook: They’ve been found guilty of breaching a dispersal order under s35 of the Anti-Social Behavior, Crime and Policing Act 2014. It’s quite a new piece of legislation, but it’s application today does not bode well for future protests. A dispersal order can be granted where there are two or more people in the area engaged in the offending behaviour, and where the officer authorizing the order believes that dispersing them will reduce the likelihood of members of the public being harassed, alarmed or distressed.
It is an insanely broad power for the police, and one I am sure we will see in much more common use over the coming years
Update on sentencing: Kim got 40 hours community service, £713 fine, and a £60 surcharge. Amanda got a tag from 10pm to 8am, a £713 fine, and £60 surcharge
This is in the City that just weeks came together to celebrate the life of a young man cruelly dying before his time due to the easily preventable cause of ‘homelessness’