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Statement on policing operation at Barton Moss

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Commenting on the policing of the fracking protest at Barton Moss, Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said: 

“There have been a number of incidents referred to the GMP’s professional standards department, where serious allegations have been made about police conduct at Barton Moss. 

“There is legitimate public concern over this operation and it is right and proper that allegations of police misconduct are investigated fully and thoroughly. 

“I have – publicly and privately – called on the Chief Constable to provide assurances that the operation at Barton Moss is proportionate. It is a complex situation where police have to balance the legitimate rights of people to lawfully protest with the rights of those who live and work in the local area. 

“Given there are active investigations into the conduct of police, it is difficult for me to say more at this stage, but I expect the outcomes to be made public and if misconduct has occurred, appropriate action to be taken.”

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Dave Haslam

These “active investigations” to which Mr Lloyd refers are internal GMP investigations into incidents involving GMP. Does Mr Lloyd have 100% belief that these investigations will be thorough and fair?

Anthony Linford

Having watched live video feeds from Barton Moss it would appear to me that your Officers are not facilitating the right of ordinary citizens to peaceful protest. Certainly there are issues of wrongful arrests on what is a public footpath and video evidence of your officers pushing and shoving members of the public. There is also video footage of your officers refusing to allow a qualified Nurse to attend to a ginger haired protestor complaining of breathing difficulties. I am disgusted at this treatment of the public by GMP and will be anxious to see the public outcome of these investigations.

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Thanks Anthony. If you have got evidence of police misconduct, you should report this so it can be investigated. GMP’s complaints procedure is outlined clearly at http://www.gmp.police.uk/complaints. One point of fact, you refer to GMP officers as “yours” to Tony. Police officers are only Tony’s in the way that they are also yours or mine – ie they are public servants. As Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony is not here to represent GMP but rather the people of Greater Manchester. The statement above makes it clear that he expects GMP to be open and transparent about the outcome of these investigations.

Dave Haslam

The police have allowed themselves to be used day in and day out as defenders of the multi-million pound energy company iGas and the multi-million pound landowners Peel Holdings. Mr Lloyd has expressed no opinion on what others have described as “GMP’s transformation into a politicised private army”.

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Thanks for your comment Dave, however you’re incorrect. Tony has made it clear publicly and privately that the police aren’t there to take sides but to uphold the law and public safety. Their job is to facilitate lawful protest, and also uphold the rights of local residents and businesses to go about their normal business. Sometimes these rights conflict and the police are left in the middle. They are expected to maintain the highest standards of behaviour at all times. Similarly, it isn’t unreasonable to expect protesters to behave peacefully. Any allegations of police misconduct must be investigated fully and transparently.

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