Head of South Yorks police repudiates Sheffield tree protesters arrests

South Yorkshire's Police & Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings has distanced himself from police action against tree-felling protesters in Sheffield.

Image: southyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk
Image: southyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk

"The police should not be drawn into delivery of the policy, as they were when they knocked on doors in the early hours on Rustlings Road," he said. "This was a matter for the city council and its contactors, as I said at the time."

He added: "The police should not be put in a position where they risk eroding the community's trust and confidence in them and where they are repeatedly having to commit resources that would be better spent fighting crime."

Charges have since been dropped against those arrested in the protests, held in November and January - a decision which "all now accept", he said.


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