Police intelligence on protestors shared with energy company

David Howarth has obtained email evidence via a Freedom of Information request that government officials have shared secret police intelligence with a private company.

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform emailed police intelligence to E.ON about peaceful protestors’ movements and meetings in the run-up to the Kingsnorth Climate Camp protest.

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At first officials at BERR refused to release the emails, despite a request under the Freedom of Information Act from the Liberal Democrats. The decision was reversed on appeal and although large sections have been blacked out, they show:

  • BERR officials passed a strategy document belonging to the “environmental protest community” to E.ON, saying: “If you haven’t seen this then you will be interested in its contents.”
  • Government officials forwarded a Metropolitan police intelligence document to E.ON, detailing the movements and whereabouts of climate protesters in the run-up to demonstration.
  • E.ON passed its planning strategy for the protest to the department’s civil servants, adding: “Contact numbers will follow.”
  • BERR and E.ON tried to share information about their media strategies before the protest, and civil servants asked the energy company for press contacts for EDF, BP and Kent police.
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5 Comments

  • Surely nothing to worry about. After all if you’ve done nothing wrong…..

  • Mike Falchikov 20th Apr '09 - 11:55pm

    HYwel: I assume your comment was ironic

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