The belief held by a Principal Intelligence Analyst for South Yorkshire Police Authority (SYPA) that the 9/11 and 7/7 bombings were ‘false flag’ operations perpetrated by the UK and US governments, is not a protected belief under Equality law.

Mr Farrell was dismissed by SYPA as they found his views were not compatible with his particular role. In order to be a protected belief (among other criteria) the belief must attain a certain level of cogency, seriousness, cohesion and importance. The judge concluded that Mr Farrell’s belief was incoherent and ‘absurd’, albeit sincerely held. It did not attract the protection of the regulations.

Farrell v South Yorkshire Police Authority