Rotherham 12 trial: latest updates

Cautiously pessimistic

The Rotherham 12 Defence Campaign are asking people to join them outside Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday 1 November, as that’ll be the day the defence start to make their case.

The campaign blog also has some news from court about South Yorkshire Police’s antics on the day:

“Today we learnt that South Yorkshire Police had decided in the weeks prior to the march that this would be a much larger march and the threat level was raised from medium to high risk, meaning the likelihood of violence to local people was considered to be high by the Force.

Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth of South Yorkshire Police revealed that the command unit had no CCTV images and wholly relied on radio contact from Police units at the scene. The Policing strategy for the day focused its attention on escorting the Far right to the march and back to…

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