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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Badger cull: the police respond

In the interests of balance I have reproduced below the letter I received this week from the Deputy Chief Constable of Dyfed Powys Police regarding the way they are policing the badger cull. The letter was written in response to my raising with the police concerns, which I have blogged on previously:

'Thank you for your letter of 22 June 2010 highlighting your concerns regarding Police actions at the public meeting at Rhosygilwen in Rhoshill on Monday 14th June 2010.

My colleague, Assistant Chief Constable Nick Ingram, held a meeting with three representatives of 'Pembrokeshire Against the Cull' (PAtC) on Monday 21st June 2010, where the subject of the police allegedly filming persons and vehicles attending the meeting was raised. ACC Ingram assured the representatives that the police vehicle was not filming and was parked in this location to avoid being blocked in. Whilst there are a number of police vehicles in Pembrokeshire equipped with camera equipment, the vehicle in question is not yet fitted with a recording device.

The meeting also discussed and addressed several other concerns expressed by the representatives, including the use of the army to assist with security and the use of 'riot' police at Brithdir Mawr. This was not the case.

In response to your specific concerns, I will re-iterate what ACC Ingram has said, that the police have not recorded and are not holding details of vehicles or residents who attended this meeting who attended this meeting, and police presence at future PAtC meetings will be through invite only.
they are using army helicoptors to follow vehicles, also the chopper will circumnavigate the person when he stops,
they are also using plain clothes detectives to follow vehicles and wait , not very subtle stuff

the tacticly positioned squad car at rhosgilwyn may or may not been used fro surveillance, but its position was their to warn the public
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