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Bail extended for protest grandmothers

[Tuesday 18 April 2006]

TWO Keighley grandmothers who were arrested during a protest outside a North Yorkshire spy base have had their bail extended.

North Yorkshire's Menwith Hill spy base is the scene of many protests
North Yorkshire's Menwith Hill
spy base is the scene of
many protests

68 year old Helen Johns and Sylvia Boyes, 62, were detained outside the Menwith Hill electronic intelligence gathering facility between Skipton and Harrogate - they became the first to be arrested under new legislation aimed at targeting organised criminals.

The veteran peace protesters face charges of criminal trespass under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act.

The two women walked 15 feet across a sentry line outside the compound on April 1st - the day the new law came in to force.

The site is the focus of regular protest by campaigners who oppose its involvement in foreign wars and what they describe as its lack of accountability.

The pair were due to find out on Saturday whether they will face prosecution - but will now report back to police in May.

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