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Police payout over docks protest

Protesters at Dover
Campaigners said their coach was turned back from the demo

Kent Police are set to pay compensation to animal rights campaigners who protested at live exports at Dover.

The force has offered 1,250 to each campaigner if they can prove they were on a coach from London that was turned back from a demo at the docks in 2006.

Campaigners claim they were forced back onto the bus, denied the right to protest, and unlawfully imprisoned.

Kent Police declined to comment because negotiations are ongoing, but said they were disputing some of the allegations.

'Herded like cattle'

Dover MP Gwyn Prosser backed the campaigners and said: "I am happy to support Kent Police in most of what they do.

"They've got a good reputation, especially in my patch. On this occasion, they did overstep their hand."

Figures obtained by BBC South East Today revealed that 22 campaigners had accepted the compensation offer and a further 13 had made claims against the police force.

Campaigner Adrian Appley, from Bromley, said: "It was disgraceful. They never allowed us to do anything.

"They herded us like cattle. They didn't treat us like humans at all. We were entitled to protest."




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