Priti Patel to enable police to stop disruptive protesters going to demos | Priti Patel

Protesters disrupting motorways will be prevented from travelling around the country under new powers to be handed to the police, Priti Patel will announce on Tuesday.

In a move that will provoke anger from civil liberties groups, the home secretary will say she will introduce criminal disruption prevention orders to halt the movement of “prolific offenders”.

The orders will give the courts the power to prevent individuals with a history of disruption or where there is intelligence suggesting they are likely to commit a criminal offence from attending particular protests, Conservative sources said.

In a speech to the Tory party conference, she will also outline a new offence of disrupting critical national infrastructure. This will stop protesters from targeting power stations, media organisations or airports, she will say.

The Tories are proposing to make the change through the police, crime, courts and sentencing bill, which will…

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