Regina (Brehony) v Chief Constable of Manchester Police: QBD 23 Mar 2005

The applicant wished to demonstrate outside Marks and Spencer in Manchester, saying that the store supported the Israeli government against the Palestinians. He sought review of an order from the respondent refusing him permission over the Christmas period when the pavements would be especially busy, and requiring any demonstration to be held on open land nearby.
Held: The order would significantly reduce the impact of the demonstration. When giving such directions, the Chief Constable had to say whether he thought there was a risk of serious public disorder, damage, or serious disruption, or that the intention of the demonstration was to intimidate. The reasons need not be in great detail, but should allow the applicants to know why the order had been made. The chief constable had satisfied that test, and his response was not disproportionate.


Bean J


Times 15-Apr-2005


Public Order Act 1986 14(1)(a)


England and Wales

Police, Human Rights

Updated: 07 February 2022; Ref: scu.224130