§ Mr. Strang
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the chief constable of Thames Valley on the incident which took place at Greenham common between the police and members of Cruisewatch in the early hours of Tuesday 26 November.
§ Mr. Giles Shaw
The chief constable of the Thames Valley police informs me that shortly after midnight on 26 November a missile convoy returned to Greenham common air base. Demonstrators had gathered outside and, as the convoy entered the base, paint was thrown at police officers manning the gates. Four police officers had paint thrown in their faces and were subsequently treated in hospital. Nine other officers suffered damage to their uniforms and a police vehicle was also damaged. Eight people were arrested as a result of this incident and, of these, six have been charged or reported for summons for offences including criminal damage, wilful obstruction and assault on a police officer.