Merched Cymru’s statement on the arrest of disabled woman by Gwent Police

Merched Cymru are disturbed to have learned that a disabled woman from Newport was arrested by Gwent Police yesterday after posting stickers in support of women’s rights.

We understand that the woman was held for eleven hours without access to essential medication, her house was searched, she was questioned and then released at 3.30am to find her own way home. Her phone had been confiscated so she was unable to contact her family or call a taxi.

We are in contact with the woman and supporting her to ensure she gets the appropriate legal advice. We do not want to jeopardise or prejudice the legal process so will not comment any further at this stage.