Fracking: Protest

Home Office written question – answered on 24th October 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Green

To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Chief Constable of Police for Derbyshire's annual terrorism and domestic extremism report for the Strategic Governance BoardĀ of November 2017, why a division of the East Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit provided significant intelligence support for the policing of anti-fracking protests; and when protests against fracking started to be classified as a terrorism- or domestic-extremism related issue.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

The prioritisation of investigative resources is an operational matter for the police. They are responsible for managing demonstrations to preserve the peace, to uphold the law and to prevent the commission of offences.

Police tactics and decisions on how to achieve these objectives, and the resources required, are matters for the independent operational judgement of chief officers.

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