John Catt Brighton 'extreme list' court judgement reserved

John Catt John Catt won his case at the Court of Appeal last year but that verdict was challenged by police

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Judgement has been reserved in the case of a Brighton peace activist fighting to have his personal details removed from an extremism database.

Last year, the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of John Catt, 89, who claimed the retention of data was unlawful.

That decision has been challenged by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) at the Supreme Court.

The court's judgement is expected to be handed down in February.

Mr Catt began legal action after he discovered details of his protests against Brighton-based arms factory EDO were being held on the National Domestic Extremism Database.

He has taken part in a number of campaigns but has not engaged in any criminality.

The extremism database is maintained by the National Public Order Intelligence Unit, originally under the supervision of Acpo and now under the Metropolitan Police Commissioner.

The Met Police previously said it was maintained in compliance with a statutory code of practice.

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