An MP has accused Sussex Police of deliberately intimidating patrons of a social club. In a surprise intervention David Lepper, Labour MP for Brighton Pavilion, said the police’s decision to photograph people entering and exiting the Cowley Club in London Road for a meeting about the environment last week appeared designed to scare activists rather than prevent crime.
“It looks more like an attempt to intimidate people going in and out of the Cowley Club rather than genuine surveillance. To have such a large number of uniformed officers with a camera with a telephoto lens seems like it’s meant to deter people from going in there. I accept that police need to gather information but this is a ham-fisted way of doing it.”
from Brighton’s Argus newspaper.