Sheffield councillor Lord Scriven demands answers over South Yorkshire Police’s handling of tree protests

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.

Read more at: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/exclusive-sheffield-councillor-lord-scriven-demands-answers-over-south-yorkshire-police-s-handling-of-tree-protests-1-9049756

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.

Read more at: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/the-yorkshire-post-says-answer-these-questions-chief-constable-over-police-response-to-sheffield-tree-protests-1-9049785

Previously:

Sheffield tree-felling saga: Man arrested and woman injured as dozens of police and security staff descend on suburb

Sheffield tree-felling saga: Man arrested and woman injured as dozens of police and security staff descend on suburb A man has been arrested, a woman injured and numerous people reported to court for summons in the latest stand-off in the … Continue reading

2 thoughts on “Sheffield councillor Lord Scriven demands answers over South Yorkshire Police’s handling of tree protests

  1. Sheffield City Council’s botched PR exercise and the heavy handed approach to protesting residents who are very concerned by SCC’s methodology to determine the health of the trees and the excessive number of Police officers and private security personnel on site tells us all we need to know about how the Labour party apparatchiks view democracy, especially when a private enterprise company calls the shots.
    This debacle could cost the Sheffield Labour party 10-12 seats in the next local elections and see them once again lose overall control.
    Oh dear,How sad. Never mind.

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  2. I wouldn’t hold your breath Paul waiting for a response from the CC, he can send 33 officers to support Amey and at the same time no response to a break in, just a crime number, this is his priority.

    This CC is out of his depth, can we please have a proper policeman in charge, one that will feel the collar of the criminals that blight our daily lives.

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