£9m to log ‘domestic tororists’. Whatever you’re feelings on if this is right or wrong, the fact that it wasn’t really what they were supposed to be doing is worrying.

“Acpo’s national infrastructure for dealing with domestic extremism was set up with the backing of the Home Office in an attempt to combat animal rights activists who were committing serious crimes. Senior officers concede the criminal activity associated with these groups has receded, but the units dealing with domestic extremism have expanded their remit to incorporate campaign groups across the political spectrum, including anti-war and environmental groups that have only ever engaged in peaceful direct action.”

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