To ask Her Majesty's Government how many complaints against the police resulted from the Gaza protests in London between 27 December 2008 and 29 January 2009; and how many of those complaints have been investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. [HL2430]
The Home Office does not hold this information. These are matters for the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which will respond to the noble Baroness direct.
The policing White Paper published in December 2009 sets out the principles that need to underpin the policing of protest. The White Paper also sets out the government commitment to deliver a programme of work to take forward the recommendations coming out of the reviews into policing of protest.
Good progress is being made in updating the ACPO manual Guidance on Public Order and revised training packages. We intend to issue a draft code of practice for consultation to underpin the ACPO guidance. Additionally, the Home Office is drafting guidance on banning orders, Section 50 of the Police Reform Act 2002 and the use of overt photography.
This programme of work will involve public consultation and we plan to complete by June 2010, as set out in the policing White Paper.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what property was damaged as a result of the Gaza protests in London between 27 December 2008 and 29 January 2009; what injuries were sustained; and by whom. [HL2432]
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been imprisoned as a result of a conviction related to the Gaza protests in London between 27 December 2008 and 29 January 2009. [HL2433]
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have pleaded not guilty to the offences with which they are charged in relation to the Gaza protests in London between 27 December 2008 and 29 January 2009. [HL2434]
Information provided by the Metropolitan Police Service is that property damaged as a result of the Gaza protests during this time period is as follows.
Three Starbucks coffee shops had a total value of damage of £64,000.
A clothes shop and dentists were attacked in Kensington High Street on 10 January 2009. Both premises had windows smashed.
The North Gate to Kensington Palace Drive (which is a Grade II listed structure) was pushed by the crowd and cracked. The gas lamps on top of the gate were destroyed and set alight, which cost £34,000 to replace and fix.
Information held by the Metropolitan Police is that 55 police officers were injured. Two officers suffered broken jaws, one officer suffered a perforated eardrum and another officer received a broken foot and fractured ribs. Other injuries were predominantly impact injuries from missiles, including fireworks, pedestrian barriers, barrier clips, bottles, cans, stones, tables and chair legs, being thrown at the police. We do not hold any information on injuries to protestors.
The Crown Prosecution Service has informed me that a total of 75 people were charged with criminal offences arising out of the protests. Twenty-eight of those have pleaded guilty and been sentenced, of whom 22 have received custodial sentences by the Crown Court. Seven further defendants have pleaded guilty and await sentence. Seventeen individuals have pleaded not guilty and await trial.