Court case over acid attack threat to charity trustees is cancelled – because the CPS says it’s too costly

Firebombed: Ms Waugh’s car was firebombed by vandals last July, in what may have been a politically-motivated attack.

A court case against men accused of threatening to break the legs and throw acid in the faces of trustees at a vocal charity helping people in poverty has been halted – because the Crown Prosecution Service says it is too expensive.

Elaine Waugh of Humanity UK (also Humanity Torbay) said the threats, believed to be from far-right activists, were made in May last year; it has taken this long for the case to come to the Crown Court.

The accused were also said to have threatened to firebomb the building.

“These guys pleaded ‘not guilty’ and now the CPS said it would cost too much money for a three-day Crown Court trial – and they’d just get a slapped wrist,” said Ms Waugh.

“Our charity has been broken into and our offices destroyed. They threw bleach – and the police were not interested. They were here for 25 minutes, gave us a crime number and we didn’t hear anything again.

“They took a list of our donors from the Labour Party – and nothing else. Something is going on.”

She told This Site she understood that the people harassing them run a “hate” page on Facebook.

“It’s weird that if we say anything at all [that is objectionable to people on the political right wing], our page gets suspended – but they can say what they like and they aren’t taken down.”

Ms Waugh’s own car was firebombed last July, in an attack that endangered her house and the lives of herself and her family. She said the police told her it was a hate crime against Jews – but she is not Jewish.

“My husband was Jewish, and my two sons,” she said. But if the attack was due to her charity work, she could not see the connection because she is Catholic.

“We’re now on a list for hate crime and minority support and help,” she said. “We then had the Jewish Chronicle getting in touch with me and I had to explain.

“I said it was political.”

Ms Waugh added that she had it on good authority that nearly 500 other UK charities are going through the same abuse.

“We have been told that 465 other charities have been victimised. It has been outrageous,” she said.

Ms Waugh said the charity had lost its chief source of funding after a video she made, criticising the Conservative government, was seen more than six million times during the general election campaign.

It costs only £1,400 per month to run, and the service it provides is vital to poverty-stricken and homeless people.

If you can help, please donate to the organisation’s Go Fund Me site.

Larger organisations willing to provide more substantial and long-lasting sponsorship may contact Ms Waugh via the charity’s Facebook page.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

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  1. Justin January 21, 2020 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    disgusting, watched the documentary on prosecutions last night, they had guys who were blowing up cash machines, one of the charges was risk to human life, I suppose this is meant to be different, as to the cps view that they just get a slap on the wrist, well then there needs to be enforced regulatory rules for crimes that mean if your proved guilty for a offence that is as serious as this there is no such thing as a slap on the wrist, it should be mandatory hmp time

  2. 4foxandhare January 21, 2020 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    Where is justice in this?

  3. trev January 21, 2020 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Outrageous! Is Policing and the Judiciary so underfunded by the Tories that there is no longer any Law? If Leftwing people rioted you can bet they would get prosecuted. Or if poor people are caught shoplifting? I’ve even seen cases of homeless people arrested, charged, and taken to Court for begging. Selective Policing and selective Prosecution is what’s happening here.

  4. Justin January 21, 2020 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    none, it would also be interesting to see how much money they spent on this, I remember a certain allegation of theft over 20 pounds, it was based on heresay, the person was arrested under caution, interviewed by two cid officers (unbelievable), who once the recorder had been turned of both of them said what a waste of time, then they filed the paperwork of to derby, who forwarded in onto the cps who also after a month said what a waste of time, over what 20 pounds, then I see something like this and it just makes you shake your head

  5. deemac42 January 22, 2020 at 3:56 am - Reply

    Surely taking the list of donors is illegal? Can a sympathetic lawyer help?

    • Mike Sivier January 22, 2020 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      I think breaking in and vandalizing the place is illegal too. Problem is the police.

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