The Metropolitan Police acted lawfully when they “kettled” three teenagers during the tuition fee protests in London, the High Court has ruled.
Adam Castle, 16, his sister Rosie, 15, and Sam Eaton, 16, all from north London, were held at Trafalgar Square on 24 November for about seven hours.
They said their human rights had been breached, but judges dismissed their claims for damages.
The judges said the Met’s action was “necessary, proportionate and lawful”.
The court heard at an earlier hearing that the teenagers were among 10 friends who gathered with thousands of others at Trafalgar Square during the demonstrations.
Martin Westgate QC, appearing for the teenagers, said children were consistently asking the police to be released but not being permitted to leave.
Outside court, Adam said: “We were punished for protesting and everyone was left demoralised. It was one of the coldest days of the year and we had not been prepared for being held into the night.”
Well, he shouldn’t have forgot his fleece then eh?
Punished… Got to love them eh?