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24 Jan 2019

94-year-old activist wins ‘extremism’ database case

Senior Home Affairs Correspondent

94-year-old John Catt has won a nine-year battle to have his details removed from a national police “extremism” database.

Responding to the ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, Mr Catt said: “Those who stand up are the king pins of democracy and freedom.”

The court ruled it was unlawful to retain data on his activities at dozens of demonstrations when he had never been charged or convicted of any crime.