Police are continuing an armed standoff with a gunman in the Surrey village of Smallfield. The Guardian adds:
A business owner, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Surrey Mirror he believed the incident began as a drugs raid. He said: “I’ve heard rumours that it started off as a drug raid and I believe that the chap in there has got a gun and he was saying, ‘I’m a free man of the land’.”
The Freemen of the Land idea has previously been described – under a disclaimer – as “grassroots libertarianism in action” by John Kersey on the Libertarian Alliance website but remains unpopular within the movement.