Police criticise council for ‘reputational damage’ over controversial tree felling in Sheffield

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Sheffield City Politics

South Yorkshire’s Police & Crime Commissioner has hit out at Sheffield Council for causing ‘reputational damage to the force’ over contriversial tree felling.

Responding to a letter sent by Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg, Dr Alan Billings said that the force was aware of Amey’s plans to move in at 5am and cut down trees on Rustlings Road a month before despite residents never being notified.

The crime boss added all decisions to cut down the trees, including the time the operation started, whether to close the road and to ask people to move their cars were all all matters for the council contractors.

The police & crime commissioner stated that the council and Amey ‘gave SYP appropriate re-assurances that all necessary legal processes had been followed’.

Three women were arrested at the scene on November 17.

Dr Billings said: “Although this was a council operation it has caused some…

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