Protester knocked down at RAF Menwith Hill

Menwith Hill Early Warning base near Harrogate.  September 1, 2006.

Menwith Hill Early Warning base near Harrogate. September 1, 2006.

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The Ministry of Defence Police is investigating after a protester was knocked down at RAF Menwith Hill.

A spokesperson for the RAF base confirmed that MoD police force is investigating following an incident on Tuesday August 11.

It is believed that the protester was hit by a car exiting the base just before 7pm.

Barbara Penny from Harrogate, sustained a broken ankle and a head injury and was treated at Harrogate Hospital.

There have been regular demonstrations organised by Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases opposing the presence American forces at Menwith Hill and the Tuesday evening demonstrations have happened every Tuesday evening for over 15 years.

Lindis Percy, Joint Coordinator of the Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases, said: “For the last 18 months this weekly peaceful demonstration has been going well. The way we demonstrate has been agreed with North Yorkshire police and facilitated by the Ministry of Defence police. We have developed a good rapport with people coming in and out of the base.”

A file will be prepared by the Ministry of Defence police for the Crown Prosecution Service which will make a decision on wether to prosecute the driver, in the same way a normal police report is filed.