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Pensioners arrested during protest

By Katia Harston, Chief Reporter Thursday 26th June 2014
Angry scenes as protesters were arrested

TWO pensioners were arrested by police during a protest over free train travel being axed for the elderly.

George Arthur, of Church Street, Jump, has been charged with obstructing a police officer and fare evasion and Tony Nuttall of Honeywell Grove, Barnsley, is charged with obstructing a police officer.

The pair have been bailed to appear at Sheffield Magistrates' Court on July 7.

Tony and George are members of the Barnsley Retirees Action Group, which has led on a campaign to restore free travel for OAPs following cuts to concessions in March.

Their arrests came after about 40 campaigners held a rally on the platform at Sheffield railway station after travelling there from Barnsley.

Footage posted on YouTube shows five British Transport Police officers restraining Tony, 65, by holding him and forcing down his head before cuffing his hands together behind his back.

As this is happening a woman can be heard shouting 'What are you doing to him? Five people? He's an old man - let him go. Just talk to him.'


** The full story and interviews appears in the Barnsley Chronicle, dated June 27. **

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Posted by big al I Thu 26th Jun 2014 at 4:30pm

Good job he wasnt protesting about Fracking.. they would have given him the works for that... welcome to Britain 2014.. FREE TO DO AS WE ARE TOLD.

Posted by Arrests I Thu 26th Jun 2014 at 4:46pm

Another waste of police time

Posted by Anon I Thu 26th Jun 2014 at 6:18pm

Not to mention the illegal stopping of the press filming the protest


Posted by disgusted I Fri 27th Jun 2014 at 6:36pm

disgusting - should never have got to this. powers that be should have lefts consessionary passes as they were