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. . . everyone was surprised when the chief constable arrived by helicopter and announced from the sky that they were all to be arrested.
"He was going to arrest 500 people as a result of the actions of about ten people," says Lord Cardigan, still in disbelief after 30 years. It was to be one of the biggest mass arrests of the 20th century, and the biggest mass arrest of civilians since the Second World War.
The news section of Police Review, published seven days after the Beanfield, stated: “The Police operation had been planned for several months and lessons in rapid deployment learned from the miners strike were implemented.”
The manufactured reasoning behind such heavy-handed tactics was best summed up in a laughable passage from the confidential police report on the Beanfield:
“There is known to be a hierarchy within the convoy; a small nucleus of leaders making the final decisions on all matters of importance relating to the convoys activities. A second group who are known as the lieutenants or warriors carry out the wishes of the convoy leader, intimidating other groups on site.”