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In the Highest Degree OdiousDetention without Trial in Wartime Britain$
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A. W. Brian Simpson

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198259497

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198259497.001.0001

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The Experience of Detention

The Experience of Detention

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(p.230) 11 The Experience of Detention
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In the Highest Degree Odious
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A. W. Brian Simpson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198259497.003.0011

Executive detention in Britain normally began with arrest without warning. There were ugly incidents. R. R. Reynolds of Tottenham was slapped. Some resisted arrest. Amongst the Anglo-Italian communities, the 600 Regulation 18B detentions coincided with 4,000 or so arrests under the prerogative, and produced terror. Arrests separating parents, particularly mothers, from young children, seem peculiarly harsh. No special arrangements were made for the care of families and dependants; they could apply like anyone else to the Local Assistance Board. The techniques adopted at Latchmere House are clinically described by Hinsley and Simkins in an appendix, so drafted as to impose responsibility on the Home Office for what went on. There was fear in Military Intelligence Section 5 that information about Latchmere House, and the double agents, might leak. As early as June 11, it had been suggested that detainees should be held in camps. Winston Churchill had long been a romanticiser over habeas corpus, and although initially a strong advocate for detention he soon began to have doubts.

Keywords:   Britain, executive detention, Regulation 18B, Latchmere House, Home Office, double agents, camps, Winston Churchill, detainees

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