Sexy Rexy arrest.
By NICHOLAS de JONG
seven drug arrests at the Windsor Great Park pop festival this weekend
were worrying Release, the research and advice organisation for drug
offenders, last night. Release accused Thames Valley police of refusing
bail to some and thereby contravening the Magistrates' Court Act, 1952.
This requires that those arrested without a warrant should be brought
to court within 24 hours or have their cases investigated to ensure
that bail was forthcoming. But the police said that Sunday had intervened
between the time of arrests and the scheduled appearances in court.
" Quite a remarkable festival,"
the police spokesman called it, adding almost modishly. "
A very peaceful gathering or happening."
Release worker, Mr Don Aitken, was stopped by a police officer in plain
clothes ( and wearing a T-shirt with the inscription " Sexy
Rexy ") when he arrived at Windsor station. The officer asked
to search him and Mr Aitken refused. " He suggested
that I should be arrested on an obstruction charge and I was taken to
the police station, where I was held for two hours and not charged,
though I was told my case would be reported."