Sheffield trees: Protest policing defended after ‘escalation’

South Yorkshire Police has defended its handling of tree protests in Sheffield after an ex-council leader raised concerns about its approach.

Liberal Democrat peer Lord Scriven wrote to the chief constable querying the force’s neutrality after a large police presence on Abbeydale Park Rise.

He asked if the removal of “one tree” on Monday required the attendance of 33 officers and 20 security staff.

South Yorkshire Police said its approach was “fair and even-handed”.

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