John Catt

John Catt’s legal challenge against the “domestic extremism” database


European Court of Human Rights, judgment in the case of Catt v. the United Kingdom, 24 January 2019

Supreme Court judgment in R (on the application of Catt) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, 4 March 2015

Netpol’s submission to the Supreme Court, 20 November 2014

A witness statement by Baroness Jenny Jones in support of Netpol’s application to intervene in the Supreme Court, 20 November 2014

High Court judgment in n R (on the application of Catt) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, 14 March 2013


Netpol commentary

It’s Time to Close Down the Police’s “Domestic Extremism” Databases, 5 February 2019

Analysis of the UK Supreme Court ruling on surveillance of political activism, 5 March 2015

Supreme Court grants “judicial approval for the mass surveillance of UK protest movements”, 3 March 2015

Day 3 of the John Catt ‘domestic extremism’ Supreme Court hearing, 4 December 2014

Day 2 of the John Catt ‘domestic extremism’ Supreme Court hearing, 3 December 2014

Day 1 of the John Catt ‘domestic extremism’ Supreme Court hearing, 2 December 2014

Netpol urges Supreme Court to uphold illegality of protester’s ‘domestic extremist’ record, 1 December 2014

Leigh Day Solicitors, Campaigners intervene in ‘unlawful’ police database Supreme Court case, 1 December 2014



Clive Coleman, Brighton activist John Catt, 94, wins ‘extremism’ database case, BBC News, 24 January 2019

Rob Evans, Protester wins fight to wipe political activities from police database, The Guardian, 24 January 2019

Rob Evan, Protester, 91, goes to European court over secret police files, The Guardian, 25 July 2016

Brighton activist John Catt loses extremism database case, BBC News, 4 March 2015

Rob Evans, Supreme court verdict now awaited in crucial police surveillance case, The Guardian, 8 December 2014

John Catt Brighton ‘extremism’ case at Supreme Court, BBC News, 2 December 2014

Campaigner John Catt wins appeal over extremism database, BBC News, 14 March 2013

John Catt takes protester records case to Court of Appeal, BBC News, 29 January 2013

John Catt loses court case over protest data, BBC News, 30 May 2012

John Catt, I’ve been protesting for 70 years – I’m not going to stop now, The Guardian, 11 February 2012

Rob Evans, Why have the police labelled an 87-year-old pensioner a “domestic extremist”?, The Guardian, 10 February 2012

Rob Evans & Paul Lewis, Pensioner sues police who branded him a ‘domestic extremist’, The Guardian, 9 February 2012

Brighton activist asks High Court to delete records, BBC News , 9 February 2012

Nick Tarver, Defiant early days of an 86-year-old Brighton activist, BBC News, 10 May 2011

Rob Evans & Paul Lewis, Protester to sue police over secret surveillance, The Guardian, 3 May 2011

Rob Evans & Paul Lewis, Peace campaigner, 85, classified by police as ‘domestic extremist‘, The Guardian, 25 June 2010


The Green Party

Surveillance on Jenny Jones, Caroline Lucas, Sian Berry and Ian Driver


Ian’s Driver’s 2013 subject access request to the Metropolitan Police



Green Party MP Caroline Lucas ‘monitored by police’, BBC News, 29 April 2016

Rob Evans and Vikram Dodd, Police anti-extremism unit monitoring senior Green party figures, The Guardian, 28 April 2016

Rob Evans, Jenny Jones calls for IPCC to investigate alleged destruction of her police files, The Guardian 15 November 2016

Rob Evans, Officer claims Met police improperly destroyed files on Green party peerThe Guardian, 8 January 2016

Jenny Jones, The day I found out I’m a ‘Domestic Extremist’, The Telegraph, 25 January 2015

Joseph Cox, London’s Police Database of Extremists Also Includes Politicians and Activists, Motherboard, 16 June 2014

Rob Evans, Police say they have not counted how many politicians they have been monitoring,The Guardian, 19 June 2014

Rob Evans & Owen Bowcott, Green party peer put on database of ‘extremists’ after police surveillanceThe Guardian, 15 June 2014

Martin Hoscik, Is the Met guilty of an indiscriminate approach to gathering intelligence?, MayorWatch, 11 November 2013

(includes details of the information received by Jenny Jones following her subject access request to the Metropolitan Police)

Ian Driver, ‘Spied on for Opposing Live Animal Exports’, Ian Driver Thanet’s Green Councillor, 9 November 2013

Jenny Jones AM questions Met & Deputy Mayor on National Domestic Extremism Database [Video], 8 November 2013 


National Union of Journalists

NUJ legal challenge against the “domestic extremism” database


British journalists spied on by state, put on extremist list, Radio New Zealand, 4 December 2014

Jess Hurd, Are you a ‘domestic extremist’?, TUC Touchstone blog, 25 November 2014

Christopher Werth, British journalists slam police surveillance in lawsuit, Los Angeles Times, 21 November 2014

Jason Parkinson, When police spy on journalists like me, freedom is at riskThe Guardian, 21 November 2014

Jules Mattsson, Met’s journalist files include details of sexual orientation, childhood and family medical history,
Press Gazette, 21 November 2014

Dominic Casciani, Journalists demand police destroy ‘surveillance’ files, BBC News, 20 November 2014

National Union of Journalists, NUJ members under police surveillance mount collective legal challenge, 20 November 2014

Mark Thomas, Help the NUJ expose the monitoring of journalistsNational Union of Journalists, 20 November 2014

Rob Evans, Police face legal action for snooping on journalists, The Guardian, 20 November 2014

Jules Mattsson, Journalists named on secret files, police admit, The Times, 11 November 2014

Jason Parkinson, Met Commander Broadhurst Denies Journalist Surveillance [Video], 1 November 2014

Darren Boyle, Working as a journalist landed comedian Mark Thomas on ‘domestic extremist’ database, Press Gazette, 20 November 2013

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