News, events and important upcoming dates related to the case.
10th October 2014: Debbie and her co-defendants in the SOCPA7 case were sentenced at Southwark Crown Court in London. Visit the SOCPA7 support site for the full report. Debbie was given a 12 month sentence, but it will be served concurrently with her sentence for the Blackmail3 case, meaning she will not serve any additional time in prison. Debbie was moved to Holloway Prison in North London, leading up to the sentencing. When writing to her, please ensure to send your letters to her new address at Holloway: A5819DE, Debbie Vincent, HMP-YOI HOLLOWAY, Parkhurst Road, London, N7 0NU, UK.
11th June 2014: Info night organised by Minor Treat at f.a.q. infoladen, jonasstrasse 40, 12053 berlin. There will be a presentation from a UK-based animal liberation activist during which you can find out more about the two ongoing legal cases against people accused of campaigning against HLS (Huntingdon Life Sciences): the Blackmail3 and SOCPA7. There will be vegan food available from 8pm and the presentation (in English) will start at 9pm.
Diese Info-Abend wird auch eine Präsentation von einer in Großbritannien ansässigen Tierbefreiungsaktivist. Du wirst mehr herausfinden, auf beiden den laufenden Verfahren gegen SHAC Aktivisten: die Blackmail3 und SOCPA7. Es wird veganes Essen ab 20:00 Uhr, und die Präsentation (in Englisch) wird um 21:00 Uhr beginnen. f.a.q. infoladen, jonasstrasse 40, 12053 berlin.
11th June 2014: "15 years of SHAC: 10 years of repression" presentation about the repression of UK animal rights activism and the 2 ongoing cases; the SOCPA7 and Blackmail3. 9pm - Aux Tanneries, Dijon, France.
"15 ans de SHAC: 10 ans de répression" présentation de la répression du Royaume-Uni activisme des droits des animaux et les deux affaires en cours; la SOCPA7 et Blackmail3. 19:00 - Aux Tanneries, Dijon, France.
10th June 2014: "15 years of SHAC: 10 years of repression" presentation about the repression of UK animal rights activism and the 2 ongoing cases; the SOCPA7 and Blackmail3. 8pm - 2 Chemin des Alpins, Grenoble, France.
"15 ans de SHAC: 10 ans de répression" présentation de la répression du Royaume-Uni activisme des droits des animaux et les deux affaires en cours; la SOCPA7 et Blackmail3. 20:00 - 2 Chemin des Alpins, Grenoble, France.
9th June 2014: "15 years of SHAC: 10 years of repression" presentation about the repression of UK animal rights activism and the 2 ongoing cases; the SOCPA7 and Blackmail3. 8pm - 32 bis, Quai Saint-Vincent, Passage Gonin, Lyon, France.
"15 ans de SHAC: 10 ans de répression" présentation de la répression du Royaume-Uni activisme des droits des animaux et les deux affaires en cours; la SOCPA7 et Blackmail3. 20:00 - 32 bis, quai Saint-Vincent, Passage Gonin, Lyon, France.
6th June 2014: "15 years of SHAC: 10 years of repression" info presentation by a UK representative of ABC and a representative of the French SOCPA7 and Blackmail3 support group. The talk will start at 7pm and take place at Mille Bâbords, Marseille, France.
"15 ANS DE SHAC, 10 ANS DE RÉPRESSION" Vendredi 6 juin 2014 - 19H local de Mille Bâbords - Marseille. Une présentation animée par un camarade de l'ABC au Royaume-Uni avec la participation du Comité francophone de soutien au Blackmail3 et SOCPA7. Infokiosque sur place, snack vegan sur place.
22nd May 2014: Are you friend's with Debbie? Find out how you can visit her in prison.
22nd May 2014: Support event at César-Roux 30, Lousanne, Switzerland. "15 years of SHAC: 10 years of repression" - Presentation on the history of SHAC (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty) who campaign against the largest animal testing facility in Europe, with info about the ongoing repression of its activists in the U.S. and UK. Food at 8pm, presentation at 9pm.
César-Roux 30, Lousanne, Switzerland. "15 ans de SHAC: 10 ans de repression" - Presentation sur l histoire de la campagne SHAC (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty) contre la plus grande entreprise europeenne de tests sur les animaux, et la repression de ses militant-e-s aux USA et au Royaume-Uni. Bouffe pop à 20h, présentation à 21h.
16th May 2014: A German artist has created a cool painting in support of the Blackmail3:
14th May 2014: "15 years of SHAC - 10 years of repression: solidarity with the Blackmail3 and SOCPA7!" Infotalk at Autonomer Beauty Salon, Hohlstrasse 481, Zurich, Switzerland. Food at 7pm, info at 8pm / Infoveranstaltung zu SHAC, Tierbefreiung und Repression am 14. Mai. 19 Uhr Soli-Vokü. 20 Uhr Infoveranstaltung. Autonomer Beauty Salon, Hohlstrasse 481, 8048 Zürich-Altstetten:
11th May 2014: New article about the Blackmail3 and Debbie's conviction published by London Anarchist Black Cross.
7th May 2014: 7pm - comrades in northern Italy / Milan area - please don't miss out on this important infonight that will take place in the 'Villa Vegan Squat'. 2 activists from the UK will introduce the history of the movement against animal testing in Britain, and the institutional repression that is trying to stop it, with a particular focus on the Blackmail 3 and SOCPA7 cases / 'REPRESSIONE E RESISTENZA - Incontro con una attivista inglese'. Come reagire alla repressione? Come resistere al tentativo da parte dell’autorità di soffocare le lotte di liberazione? Come ribadire l’importanza fondamentale della solidarietà come strumento per contrattaccare? Partendo dall’esempio della dura repressione del governo inglese contro il movimento di liberazione animale la presentazione tenterà di offrire alcuni spunti di riflessione per rispondere a queste domande. Nicole è una compagna anarchica ed attivista per la liberazione animale in Inghilterra. Nel 2009 è stata condannata, insieme ad altre 11 persone, a 3 anni e 5 mesi di carcere con l’accusa di cospirazione per commettere ricatto in relazione alla campagna SHAC. Insieme ad un compagno delle Croce Nera Anarchica di Bristol ci parlerà della repressione del movimento di liberazione animale in Gran Bretagna, si ripercorreranno le tappe salienti della storia della lotta antivivisezionista inglese e della reazione delle istituzioni per tentare di fermarla, con un particolare focus sui recenti casi repressivi ‘Blackmail 3‘ e SOCPA7 e sulle campagne di supporto in corso. Dalle 19 Apericena Vegan + distribuzione e banchetti di materiale ecologista, anarchico ed antispecista. Alle 20.30 Presentazione e dibattitito a seguire. LIBERAZIONE ANIMALE E’ LIBERAZIONE DA OGNI FORMA DI OPPRESSIONE, NON TOLLERIAMO NESSUN TIPO DI ATTITUDINE O COMPORTAMENTO SESSISTA, FASCISTA, OMOFOBO, RAZZISTA O TRANSFOBICO:
6th May 2014: Veganarchists support the Blackmail 3 from france. "Freedom for Debbie, against vivisection and state repression!" / Soutien de la part de Veganarchistes. "Liberté pour Debbie, contre la vivisection et la répression d’état!"
30th April 2014: New solidarity statement from Tierbefreiung Frankfurt.
29th April 2014: 7pm, infonight "15 years of SHAC: 10 years of repression" at Salé Infocentrum, Prague, Czech Republic. There will be a presentation providing a history of the global campaign to close HLS; the tactics used to bring a multinational corporation into $120 million of debt, and the ongoing repression of activists - including info on the Blackmail3 and SOCPA7 / 15 let SHAC, 10 let represe: Solidaritu s Blackmail3 a SOCPA7! 29. dubna proběhne v pražském infocentru Salé infovečer o nedávných událostech v kauze Blackmail3 a SOCPA7 z Velké Británie. Přednáška proběhne v angličtině, s případným překladem do češtiny:
26th April 2014: Activists from Berlin, Germany, took to the streets for World Day for Animals in Laboratories to protest the barbaric vivisection industry and to show solidarity with the Blackmail3:
26th April 2014: A protest march was held in Nottingham, UK, to mark World Day For Animals In Laboratories (WDAIL). A representative of the support group gave a speech about the increasing repression of animal rights activism and the 2 current case (the Blackmail3 and SOCPA7). Support banners were carried during the march and leaflets were handed out.
24th April 2014: To mark WDAIL (World Day for Animals in Laboratories) a protest was held in solidarity with the Blackmail3 in Munich, Germany / Der Internationale Tag zur Abschaffung der Tierversuche findet jedes Jahr am 24. April statt. Der Gedenk- und Aktionstag wurde erstmals 1979 in Großbritannien begangen. An diesem Tag wollen wir unsere Solidarität mit TierrechtsaktivistInnen zeigen, die gegen das größte Tierversuchslabor Europas (HLS) kämpfen und deshalb vor Gericht stehen. Eine der Angeklagten (Debbie) wurde vor wenigen Tagen zu 6 Jahren Gefängnis wegen "Erpressung" verurteilt!
20th April 2014: NARA (National Animal Rights Association) dedicated a fur farm protest in Laois, Ireland to Debbie and raised 60 euros towards supporting her:
19th April 2014: Three of Debbie's friends went to visit her in HMP Bronzefield today. She is doing well and in good spirits. Unfortunately they are not allowing her to bring in any of her books, or have any brought in to her. Despite this she remains positive.
17th April 2014: Debbie was sentenced to 6 years in prison today. During his sentencing remarks the Judge accepted that there was no evidence Debbie had been present during any criminal acts - she has literally been found guilty by association. Please send letters of support to her!
A solidarity protest was held outside the court, to raise awareness of the case and to show our support for Debbie, Pru and Sven:
11th April 2014: Awesome new support t-shirts now available to order!
10th April 2014: New solidarity statement from Veggies Catering Campaign and The Sumac Centre.
29th March 2014: Solidarity photo taken at the Brown Dog statue in London. For info about the history of the Brown Dog, visit brown-dog.info:
28th March 2014: 9pm, solidarity info night at Rewild di Roma, in Rome, Italy / Venerdi, 28 Marzo 2014, Ore 21, Rewild di Roma - sostenere il Blackmail3.
22nd March 2014: Info night in Basel, Switzerland. 6pm: screening of the movie 'Maximum Tolerated Dose'. 7pm: vegan dinner. 8pm: Talk & presentation on the 'SHAC Made History' project, with a focus on the Blackmail3 case / 22 Marz 2014, SHAC und repression, solidarität:
18th March 2014: The jury gave their verdict this afternoon, finding Debbie guilty of Conspiracy to Blackmail. She has been bailed until sentencing on 17th April 2014.
17th March 2014: New solidarity statements and photo from Aktionsgruppe Nord gegen Versuchstierhandel und Tierversuche and Tierrechtsgruppe Zürich.
17th March 2014: The jury continued deliberating throughout the day. The Judge has indicated he may take a majority verdict tomorrow, if they still haven't reached a decision.
14th March 2014: The jury have begun deliberating, with Debbie's verdict expected anytime.
13th March 2014: The defence summed up their case this morning, followed by the Judge's closing remarks in the afternoon. The jury will begin deliberating tomorrow.
12th March 2014: In court today the prosecution summed up their case and the defence called two character witnesses and read out ten character references.
12th March 2014: Support posters now available to download or order!
6th March 2014: In court today Debbie continued giving evidence, including her cross examination by the prosecution. Court is now adjourned until 12th March, with the defence, prosecution and Judge expected to conclude their summing up of the case by the end of that week and the jury's verdict expected the following week. The proceedings are expected to finish by 20th March.
5th March 2014: The trial continued with Debbie giving evidence.
5th March 2014: Solidarity photo from No Harlan Group Gannat, France. Read their solidarity statement too:
4th March 2014: During court today, the prosecution and defence finished their cases by discussing some of the phone evidence and some further admissions. After which, Debbie’s cross examination by the defence began, with her being questioned about the case.
4th March 2014: Solidarity photo from Antispe Dresden & die tierbefreier e.V. Take a look at their solidarity statement too:
3rd March 2014: Debbie’s trial resumed for the second week by running through some more admissions. The defence then spent a while questioning police about the circumstances surrounding Debbie’s raid and arrest. They were asked why they forcefully broke into the house belonging to the owners of the property that Debbie rented. The police were also asked why they sent 2 male officers into Debbie’s bedroom, before she was allowed to dress herself. A query was raised about the fact that 25 officers were present (all to arrest Debbie) and also why only 1 of them was female, despite knowing that their ‘suspect’ was female. The defence highlighted how it could feel for a female to suddenly and without warning, have 24 (plain clothed – so not immediately identifiable) policemen force entry into her house during the night, shouting and acting aggressively. After gaining entry, the police didn’t explain why they were there or arrest Debbie for some time. They eventually directed her to sit down by her computer and then produced a search warrant. Debbie reached for her glasses so that she could read the document and also switched off her computer (at this point she was not under arrest). The prosecution are now alleging that she turned off the computer to hide evidence, which the defence have argued. Following the police questioning, the focus returned to some of the foreign evidence. The defence argued that Debbie was not involved in any of the alleged criminal activity and was in the UK at the time.
28th February 2014: The prosecution finished the first week of the trial by covering the admissions; including their history of the campaign against HLS and the previous convictions of some activists who were involved in it. The prosecution also ran through the schedule of events in the Blackmail3 case and looked at some of the evidence against the defendants. It was striking how little related to Debbie, with a lot of material referring to activists who were involved in the campaign many years ago. A police Forensic Computer Analyst stated that there had been about 40 thousand pages of evidence throughout criminal cases (relating to the campaign against HLS) over the past decade, but of that, only a few appear to mention Debbie. NDEU (National Domestic Extremism Unit) police officers Ian Caswell (now retired) and Christopher Cowley were called to give evidence. Questioning by the defence confirmed that both officers frequently did surveillance of peaceful demonstrations – photographic and taking details of those present (including recording vehicle number plates) and logging when people entered or left private events. More info on the routine surveillance of lawful protest activities can be found on the Fitwatch website. The prosecution is expected to finish their case by next Wednesday, but the trial will likely continue into late March.
27th February 2014: For several hours people protested in front of the British Consulate in Geneva, in solidarity with the 'Blackmail3'. We think that solidarity with those who are affected by repression because of their determination to take part in the struggle for animal and earth liberation, should be considered an integral part of those struggles. We hope that more and more people are willing to take to the streets to demonstrate solidarity and support, not only with Debbie, Sven and Natasha, but with all those who have to deal with State repression, and don't just ignore it and look the other way. Solidarity is our best weapon, let's use it! / Giovedi 27 Febbraio 2014– Per ore diverse persone hanno protestato davanti al Consolato Generale Britannico in solidarietà con gli /le attivisti /e del caso 'Blackmail 3'. Pensiamo che la solidarietà con chi viene colpito /a dalla repressione a causa della propria determinazione nel prendere parte alle lotte di liberazione animale e della terra vada considerata considerata parte integrante di ogni percorso di lotta. Ci auguriamo che sempre più persone abbiano voglia di scendere in strada per dimostrare vicinanza e supporto non solo con Debbie, Sven e Natasha, ma con tutti /e coloro che devono fare I conti con la repressione di Stato per aver deciso di non abbassare la testa e volgere lo sguardo altrove. La solidarietà resta la nostra migliore arma, usiamola! Per maggiori informazioni:
27th February 2014: In court both Andrew Jackson (AJ) and James Adams (JA) gave evidence. The defence questioned AJ about many of the scandals, cruelty and corruption that HLS and Novartis have been responsible for, but as became a pattern with him, he seemed unable to remember anything and somehow oblivious to any of the bad press his company has received. It transpired that he had lied on one of his witness statements by claiming JA was a member of staff, despite knowing he was an undercover police officer. AJ admitted that the police had increasing involvement and were guiding the communication allegedly sent from Novartis to SHAC. It was stated that senior police staff had advised AJ to lie about JA’s identity in his statements, seemingly with the intention of misleading the court throughout the Blackmail3 trial(s). JA later gave evidence himself, using his false identity and hidden behind a screen to shield him from public view. A start was then made on looking at the computer evidence being used in the case. Anonymous threatening emails had been sent to Novartis using the alias ‘George Orwell’. The prosecution argued that Debbie is linked to George Orwell because she was found to have a copy of ‘1984’ (book written by George Orwell) on her hard drive, has quoted George Orwell in the past and also received (unsolicited) messages to email lists in which someone else had quoted him. The defence provided documentation revealing that ‘George Orwell’ is in fact a default alias of the email software used to send the anonymous emails. They also argued that Debbie has used quotes from many well known people and is far from having any obsession with George Orwell, as the prosecution are trying to claim. This was apparently recognised by the Judge, who said “she doesn’t even have ‘Animal Farm’!”.
26th February 2014: The majority of court time today was spent listening to secret police recordings from 2009, of meetings between activists and Novartis, who were a top customer of HLS. The Novartis staff member present was Head of Security Andrew Jackson (AJ), revealed in court to have previously worked for the UK Government as a ‘spook’. Along with him was a man claiming to be Corporate Security and Head of Special Projects for Novartis, who was actually an undercover law enforcement officer, using the fake name ‘James Adams’ (JA). The activists were deceived about his identity and the police involvement. Both of them were searched by Novartis’ security before the meetings and AJ and JA repeatedly emphasised that the meetings must be confidential and not recorded, falsely claiming that they were not recording the meetings themselves. The activists were tricked into attending the meetings in unsuccessful attempts to link them to criminal activity, with Novartis and the police lying to them and misleading them throughout the process.
26th February 2014: Solidarity photo from South Florida Smash HLS. Nine activists from Smash HLS are also facing charges related to campaigning against vivisection. Please support them just as strongly as you have been supporting the Blackmail3. International solidarity is our strongest weapon against repression:
25th February 2014: Began working through evidence footage at court today, before the trial adjourned for the afternoon due to a power cut.
24th February 2014: Debbie's trial began today. The jury was sworn in and introduced to the case. They then heard the prosecution's opening arguments. Cross examination of witness statements will begin tomorrow.
23rd February 2014: 2pm, the Berlin Animal Liberation Action group (BerTA) are holding a soli-brunch with vegan food in aid of the Blackmail3, at Schreina47 / Schreinerstr. 47 / Fhain. More information / Wann: 23. februar, ab: 14:00 uhr, wo: Schreina47/ Schreinerstr. 47/ Fhain - Solinachmittag der Berliner Tierbefreiungsaktion (BerTA). Wie jeden letzten Sonntag im Monat seid ihr herzlich dazu eingeladen, mit der BerTA in gemütlicher Runde unsere vielen selbst mitgebrachten veganen Leckereien zu verputzen. Von herzhaft bis süß wird alles mit dabei sein. Wenn ihr Lust habt, könnt ihr gerne auch etwas mitbringen. Wenn nicht, ist trotzdem genug für alle da. Der Soli geht dieses Mal an die Blackmail3. Mehr information.
21st February 2014: 2pm, solidarity demo at the UK Consulate in Marseille, France / vendredi 21 février 2014 à 14H - MARSEILLE - Devant le consulat du Royaume-Uni - 24 avenue du Prado (métro Castellane). Soutien Francophone au Blackmail3 - Rassemblement de soutien aux inculpéEs - Contre l’expérimentation animale et la répression de l’Etat:
21st February 2014: 5pm, solidarity demo at the UK Consulate in Genoa, Italy / Venerdi 21 Febbraio - h 17 - PRESIDIO SOLIDALE con i/le BLACKMAIL 3 davanti al CONSOLATO GENERALE BRITANNICO pza Giuseppe Verdi 6 ( davanti staz. Ge Brignole, angolo tra via de Amicis e Via San Vincenzo):
20th February 2014: More legal arguments took place in court this afternoon. Debbie is due back in court on Monday, with her trial finally expected to begin next week.
20th February 2014: Solidarity demos in London - "Today in an act of solidarity with Debbie, one of the most dedicated and loyal activist's we've ever known, we took the anti vivisection message to the government and the pharmaceutical industry in central London. Both have their fair share of blame for animal torture and the repression of peaceful activists. First off was the MHRA - Medical and Healthcare Product Regulatory Agency who are responsible for breeding and experimenting on monkeys, whilst at the same time being responsible for regulating drugs trials. Then we went to the offices of the ABPI - Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry who are a lobby group for all the major drugs companies. Their desperate attempts to brainwash people into believing animal experiments are moral/necessary/reliable, involves providing resource material for kids as young as 5 years old. They lobby politicians, the government, academia, patient groups etc. More solidarity demonstrations are planned in the coming weeks so if you want to get involved please get in touch!"
18th February 2014: Following more legal arguments, court has been adjourned until Thursday afternoon, after which it will be adjourned again until Monday.
18th February 2014: Our pgp key has been updated.
17th February 2014: Debbie's trial reconvened at Winchester Crown Court. In an interesting development, the defence revealed that the'Novartis executive' who campaigners previously dealt with, was in fact an undercover policeman, working under the alias 'James Adams'. The prosecution were pushing for another adjournment, but the defence put forward their argument for the trial to continue as planned. The judge heard from both sides and called for time to deliberate, with court adjourned until 10.30am tomorrow.
16th February 2014: "Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield sabs stand in solidarity with the Blackmail3 and all activists criminalised by the state for challenging animal abuse":
16th February 2014: Call for solidarity published by DIY Conspiracy.
16th February 2014: Solidarity photo sent in from Sofia, Bulgaria:
15th February 2014: Activists from different parts of northern Italy took part in a protest against Air France - KLM that the group 'La Lepre' organized in front of the BIT ( Italian Tourism Fair), in Milan. The demo was held in solidarity with the Blackmail3:
12th February 2014: Trial adjourned until Monday 17th February.
12th February 2014: Debbie's trial begins at Winchester Crown Court. Expected to last about 4 weeks.
12th February 2014: Rally in support of the Blackmail 3 held in Toulouse, France on the first day of Debbie's trial:
11th February 2014: "Resilience to Repression: Learning from the repression of the animal liberation movement" info night held in Bristol, with info on the Blackmail3. Here's a solidarity photo taken during the event:
11th February 2014: Even more solidarity statements added to the support page! Including this brilliant photo from The Bunny Alliance:
10th February 2014: Because We Must publish an interview with Debbie.
10th February 2014: Please contact us if you know Debbie and would like to attend court to support her during the trial.
9th February 2014: Solidarity statements coming in thick and fast! There's still time for groups to write one before Debbie's trial starts!
1st February 2014: Benefit gig in Bristol raises £235 for the support group.
28th January 2014: Clothes swap in Bristol to raise funds for the Blackmail3 support group.
24th January 2014: French support page launched on Facebook: "Soutien au Blackmail3".
23rd January 2014: "Watch my S.H.A.C" article about the case and repression published by SchNEWS.
18th January 2014: Support the Blackmail3 twitter account launched, follow us here.
14th January 2014: "Solidarität mit den Blackmail 3" article about the case published on German Indymedia.
7th January 2014: "Supportiamo le/gli attiviste/i del caso BLACKMAIL3" Italian article published about the case.
2nd January 2014: Gofundme.com account set up to raise money to help Debbie and her support group travel to court - please donate!
19th March 2013: The fourth person is told their charges have been dropped.
21st September 2012: A fourth person is raided and arrested in the UK.
11 September 2012: Extradition to the UK can't proceed yet, so both defendants released on bail again.
3 September 2012: The 2 defendants in Holland arrested a second time, with the intention of extraditing them to the UK.
12 JULY 2012: The 2 defendants in Holland are released from jail, also with bail conditions.
7 JULY 2012: UK defendant released with strict bail conditions.
6 JULY 2012: Raids and arrests in London, UK and Amsterdam, Holland. 3 people arrested and charged with conspiracy to blackmail HLS. The person in the UK is accused of committing this between 2001-2011 and the 2 people in Holland between November 2008-December 2010.