Battle of the Beanfield

Collapse of the legend of the "terrorist outlaws" in the Convoy

The Guardian, January 9 1984

They arrived around midnight, a procession of battered old coaches, trucks, cars and vans, stretching several miles back into the night, all with lights blazing, engines roaring, CB radios squawking, banners flapping in the wind, and hundreds of long-haired figures whooping it up inside - the Convoy.
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Police attack Convoy on road to Stonehenge

The Observer, June 2 1985

Police last night smashed the hippy convoy bound for Stonehenge and rounded up more than 400 members of the group during a brief but bloody battle in a Wiltshire field.
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Wiltshire farmers hired neo-Nazi gun-runner to deal with Convoy

The London Daily News, June 9 1985
with Ian Bailey

The Chief Constable of Wiltshire, Mr Donald Smith, has ordered an urgent inquiry into the activities of a neo-Nazi gun-runner who organised private security patrols during last week's police operation against the hippy Peace Convoy near Stonehenge.
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The battle of the beanfield, where police ran riot

The Observer, June 9 1985

This weekend, the twisting country lanes of Wiltshire are witness to a bizarre and very unEnglish scene.
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Convoy survivors sue police

The Observer, June 16 1985

Wiltshire police are facing a series of court actions challenging the legality of their operation to stop the hippy Peace Convoy reaching Stonehenge for the annual free festival this weekend.
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Wiltshire police face complaints inquiry

The Observer, July 7 1985

THE new Police Complaints Authority has set up an inquiry into last month's 'Battle of Stonehenge' when nearly 600 people were arrested after clashes with police.
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Wiltshire police appeal as hundreds of Convoy prosecutions collapse

The Observer, December 8 1985

Wiltshire police are to appeal to the High Court in an attempt to salvage the prosecution of more than 500 people arrested with the Peace Convoy at the Battle of Stonehenge last June. Police have already agreed to drop charges of unlawful assembly, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, and substitute charges of obstruction, which carries a one-month maximum. But stipendary...

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Bad omens for next Stonehenge Festival

The Observer, March 23 1986

A second Battle of Stonehenge appears likely this summer after the failure of the Summit of Salisbury to agree on a peace formula between warring landowners and festival-goers.

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Remembering the Battle of the Beanfield

The Guardian, May 31 1995
Published ten years after the battle

It was an upsetting day. It started at five in the morning with some wild-eyed crazy person waking me up in Savernake Forest, where I was sleeping in a cameraman's car, to ask if he could bum a light, man. And it got worse.

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