Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2009] All ER (D) 227 (Jan)
Neutral Citation: [2009] UKHL 5
Court: House of Lords

Lord Hope of Craighead, Lord Scott of Foscote, Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe, Lord Carswell and Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury

Representation Heather Williams QC and Phillippa Kaufmann (instructed by Christian Khan Solicitors) for the claimants.
  Lord Pannick QC and John Beggs (instructed by the Directorate of Legal Services Metropolitan Police) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 28 January 2009


Human rights - Right to liberty and security - Lawfulness of detention - Detention of large number of people on public highway in order to prevent breach of peace - Whether breach of right to liberty - European Convention on Human Rights, art 5.

The Case

Human rights Right to liberty and security. The House of Lords ruled that measures of crowd control that were undertaken in the interests of the community would not infringe the rights of individual members of crowds under art5 of the European Convention on Human Rights, whose freedom of movement was restricted by them, if the steps that were taken were resorted to in good faith and were proportionate to the situation which made the measures necessary.

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