Police drop case against photographer at Kent barracks protest

Press freedom concerns raised over arrest of Andy Aitchison after he documented Napier barracks protest

A photographer who was arrested after taking photos of a protest at a former military barracks housing asylum seekers will face no further action, police have said.

Andy Aitchison, 46, documented a demonstration outside Napier barracks in Folkestone, Kent, on Thursday last week as protesters threw buckets of fake blood at the doors of the site, where there have been allegations of overcrowding, poor hygiene, significant risks posed by Covid-19, and limited access to healthcare and legal advice.

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