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Posted by guest on 25th August 2011 at 04:07 PM
Video: Salford protest against jailed OAP

Today at Salford Magistrates Court a small group of protesters gathered to speak out about an 85-year old WW2 veteran who was recently jailed.

In July Norman Scarth was jailed for six months at Leeds prison for recording audio in a court of law.

Born in 1926, Norman was one of the men that sank the Nazi battlecruiser Scharnhorst and is well known as a political firebrand.

An online petition for his release has over 2,100 signatures.

Keith Dewsnup, a Salford community reporter, is heading the campaign to get the elderly "battleaxe" out of prison.

He said: "We fear for his welfare - he's not getting any exercise, he suffers from muscles cramps and he's being denied his medication."

The protest group heard as we were concluding our interview that Norman would not be freed.

But the protest will continue.

"I planned to make this Norman Scarth week, but now we'll just have to make it Norman Scarth month," said Keith.

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READ: Norman Scarth in his own words click here
JOIN: Free Norman Scarth Facebook group click here
Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Albert.Spiby ( member )  25th August 2011
@S&P. Norman was there to observe his friend's case and trying to expose what he believed was corruption. I'll let you come to your own conclusion as to whether that was the case based on subsequent events.

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Salford and Proud ( member )  25th August 2011
Albert, what on earth was Norman in court for? what a shameful way to treat a man of his advanced years and a war veteran to boot, they, the authorities shoud come to their senses and release the man, a bad day for the British judicial system.

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Albert.Spiby ( member )  25th August 2011
The next step I believe is his appeal against the harshness of the sentence. They can still "Save Face" by reducing his sentence to "Time Served" and let the poor man go!

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Albert.Spiby ( member )  25th August 2011
Norman's spirit is immeasureably strong as Keith alluded to, but he IS a frail old man who should not be serving a custodial sentence for such a minor offence! This scandalous episode makes me ashamed of my country and it's so-called "Justice" system. Overnight in the cells would have been too long, let alone SIX MONTHS! At Norman's age this could well be a death sentence. You really have to ask yourself "What are they afraid of? - The truth?"

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