[2003] EWHC 2567 (Admin) [2003] EWHC 2567 (Admin)

It was not open to the judge to find that a common law defence of private defence or protective force succeeded in relation to charges of aggravated trespass against persons protesting against the planting of genetically-modified crops. The defence was not available on the facts since the respondents were not reacting to an unlawful or criminal act.