Former Sheffield Council leader Lord Scriven has written to the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police to raise his concerns over the manner of policing during the ongoing tree felling programme in the city.
In the letter, which has been seen by The Yorkshire Post, Lord Scriven demands answers from Stephen Watson to several key questions and admits to being ‘somewhat distressed’ after seeing videos of recent policing during protests in Sheffield.
The Yorkshire Post says: Answer these questions, Chief Constable, over police response to Sheffield tree protests
IT is this question, posed by law-abiding Sheffield residents, that goes to the core of misgivings about the number of police being deployed to enable council contractor Amey to continue the demolition of trees in the city: how, they want to know, can South Yorkshire Police justify sending 33 uniformed officers to one suburban street to support 20 security officers when it does not routinely despatch patrols to reports of break-ins and vandalism?
This is the thrust of the hard-hitting letter that former council leader Paul Scriven, now a Lib Dem peer, has written to Stephen Watson, the force’s Chief Constable, in which he seeks a full explanation for a Draconian response which appears unsustainable, heavy-handed and out of proportion with the scale of any threat posed to the wider public.
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