Peter Cranie, the North West Green Party’s European election candidate, has today written to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester highlighting his concerns over the policing of the anti-fracking protest at Barton Moss, Salford. In his letter he highlights the heavy-handedness of the police officers towards protestors and the arrest of a Green Party member last Friday.
The cost of the policing operation at Barton Moss is not yet known, but the Green Party believes that significantly fewer police officers could be deployed. Peter Cranie calls on the Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd, to re-direct his reources to the local community in Salford, rather than the protection of a profitable private company. He urges Mr Lloyd to ensure the drilling company, IGas, contributes to its security costs, rather than relying on the tax-payer to fund the police operation. Continue reading