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Domestic extremists in clean-up at High Court

Some of the dancing domestic extremists turned up at the High Court on Thursday 9 February in support of John Catt's case against his inclusion in the National Domestic Extremist Database. John Catt is requesting the deletion of 66 entries related to his presence at Stop EDO demonstrations and other peace and anti-war protests. 

It was argued in court that the refusal, by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), to delete the entries violates his right to privacy under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

John Catt, and his daughter, Linda, had obtained the data held by the National Public Order Intelligence Unit under the Data Protection Act. Some entries describe how 87-year-old John would turn up at Smash EDO demonstrations, take out his sketch pad and draw the scene.  

John Catt does not have a criminal record, but ACPO tried to justify his inclusion on the National Domestic Extremist Database on the basis that other people attending Stop EDO demontrations had committed criminal offences.

The decision will be delivered in a few weeks time.


For domestic extremists at AWE Aldermaston, see and

For more the case and Smash EDO, see