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SALFORD SCHOOLGIRL ARRESTED AT BARTON MOSS ANTI FRACKING SITE
 

Star date: 22nd February 2014 

`SHOCKING'…`SHAMEFUL'…`SCARY'…
OUTRAGE AS 15 YEAR OLD CADISHEAD GIRL ARRESTED

Saffron, a 15 year old schoolgirl from Cadishead, was arrested by Greater Manchester Police at Barton Moss yesterday, as eye witnesses told the Salford Star it was `shocking', `shameful' and `scary'

Last night, around two dozen people protested outside Swinton Police Station, while Saffron was held for six hours without being allowed access to her mother.

Full details here…


Salford Schoolgirl Arrested At Barton Moss Salford Schoolgirl Arrested At Barton Moss
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"The poor girl was absolutely terrified, very upset…"

Yesterday afternoon, Saffron, a 15 year old schoolgirl from Cadishead, was arrested during the daily slow walk in front of lorries exiting the iGas exploratory drilling site at Barton Moss.

Eye witnesses and family told the Salford Star of their outrage at Greater Manchester Police actions, as officers were clearly warned that Saffron was a minor but was driven away in a police van without being accompanied by a responsible adult.

Saffron - researching a geography project on fracking and taking part in the walk for the first time - was arrested around 2pm and taken to Swinton Police Station where she was held until 8:15pm. During that time Saffron's mother was not allowed access to her daughter (because, police said, she was present at Barton), although her father did get to see her. Around two dozen people protested outside the police station until Saffron's release.

At Swinton Police Station, Saffron's mother was too distraught to talk to the Salford Star but her brother Kyle, who witnessed the arrest, said that the whole episode was "scary"…

"She was there learning the effects of fracking and she was in the line getting pushed along while telling the police officers to stop" he recalled "The police officer reached out for her whilst everyone was trying to pull her away from him. He did let go at one point and said he was just going to put her in the back of the van, search her and then release her. But after doing that they closed the doors and drove off to the layby [at the bottom of Barton Moss Lane]. Everyone walked to the van and it drove off.

"Her parents weren't aware that she'd even been arrested at this time which I don't think is very fair treatment of a 15 year old girl" he explained "I just think it's the police being aggressive more than anything. They wouldn't tell me what they were arresting her for and they wouldn't tell me where they were taking her. It's scary when it's the first time you've been on the walk and get arrested for `walking'."

Kyle's girlfriend, Kaylea Talbot, was also with Saffron while she was being arrested…

"I could hear her shouting `Stop pushing me' and then they basically took her to the side of the road saying `You're being arrested for aggravated trespassing'" she said "At that point everyone tried to grab her hand and tried to pull her away but we had to let go. Me and Elaine [step grandmother] went to the van but they wouldn't let an adult go with her so she wouldn't feel scared. She was just on her own crying her eyes out."

Family friend, Ian Tushingham, who was also present, said the police targeted the 15 year old…

"Young Saffron's only six stone wet through, and she's got pushed back, jostled and got herself caught up in the police arms, not being able to move backwards or forwards" he explained "I kept checking to make sure she was all right and she said she was ok but I could see the police homing in on her. When I saw this happening I grabbed hold of her and physically pulled her out of the line but the police officer signalled to two other PCs to snatch the young girl.

"I certainly didn't see any offence" he added "This was a young girl doing her school project on the pros and cons of fracking, trying to get a well judged view by coming and getting information first hand - and was bullied and harangued by police" he added "It was shocking and very, very shameful what the GMP have done today."

Back at Barton Moss Community Protection Camp, there was more outrage at the Greater Manchester Police actions, which came after BBC cameras - filming the morning demonstration as the guests of the police - had left the scene.

"A lot of the mothers, like myself, were crying because we all have children and realised she was only 15" said a Barton Moss mum "There was no-one with her, yet they knew she was underage because everyone told them. The poor girl was absolutely terrified, very upset…"

Others said that Saffron was targeted on the morning walk too when campaigners tried to make a citizen's arrest of the police officer responsible – footage that was shown on the BBC…

"I was behind the police lines, the inspector had a megaphone in his hands and he was pushing its microphone into her back" said Triky "He was jabbing her in the back, assaulting her, that's why we made the citizen's arrest."

For others at the Camp, who have witnessed a pregnant woman being arrested, a disabled man being shoved into a ditch, a cameraman having his eye socket fractured, elderly ladies being manhandled and more, it was police business as usual…

"It was the same as always" said Nigel "The police walk people down the road and say `Please don't push' or `Continue moving', just so they can say `Oh I warned them', even though the person wasn't doing anything…And then they grab them. They do it every time. The police were more concerned with taking her to the station than making sure she had an appropriate adult with her. They didn't prioritise her welfare."

* Greater Manchester Police told the Salford Star this morning that Saffron has been charged with `Obstructing and/or Disrupting A Person Engaged in Lawful Activity' and, because she has been charged, could not make any further comment.

As well as Saffron there were two other arrests at Barton Moss yesterday - one for `Aggravated Trespass' and one for a `Section 4 Public Offence'

See YouTube footage of the arrest - click here

See YouTube footage of Saffron allegedly being assaulted by a police inspector on the morning walk (around 7mins in), plus an attempted citizen's arrest on him, plus the BBC leaving the scene in a police car - click here

See YouTube footage of before and after Saffron's arrest - click here

See YouTube footage of Saffron re-united with her parents at Swinton Police Station - click here 


Photos by Steven Speed

maya wrote
at 15:55:28 on 18 August 2016
@ wrote ... All names have been made up; language itself is made up...and if someone's name is not what you'd call your child, that's ok! Because you can name YOUR child whatever you like (well almost, they don't allow e.g. Jezebel 😄) MOREOVER, does it mean people have less rights ifgg you don't like their name?
 
June smith wrote
at 19:59:00 on 24 February 2014
I was on the walk with3friends at Barton moss when this young 15 yr old was arrested , I am63 yr old female and on part had the line of officers directly behind me , and I felt intimidated as a female for burly policemen being pushed up against me , I turned to face them and then almost fell backward as their feet are standing on the front of your feet , I was told turn back face the other way for Heath and safety , I said is that a joke Heath and safety you're pushing and that massive drill Is health and safety had also said to them watch out as the banner I was carring had all most hit an officer , he replied that's your story , I said not my story the wind blew it I will go on Jeramy Kyle for a lie detected test , there is no need for their sarcastic comments 3
 
dribbler wrote
at 14:43:12 on 24 February 2014
This is her clearly waying up the pros and cons http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZdFweMMYY8
 
Angela Hewitt wrote
at 12:13:36 on 24 February 2014
We have allowed this. We have been sleep walking into it for years. Abroad there would be riots, but here? no. And they know it. We in Britain are apathetic and we allow them to walk all over us. What will it take for the country to rise against the parasites in power!! The elections will come round again, they'll make promises and fail to keep them, not that they have any intention of keeping them in the first place. Why are we still playing their games?
 
Bernard Brough wrote
at 07:41:31 on 24 February 2014
@ Wrote, at least these good people are not afraid to use their names, unlike you. If you want to make comments on behalf of your employers have the balls to let the rest of us know who you are.
 
wrote
at 21:09:34 on 23 February 2014
Saffron Karon Kyle kaylea - what a load on made up chav names, homework? your having a laugh!! all this salford star outrage is brilliant. no wonder you are not taken seriously as a publication. Anti just about everything you cna think of
 
C Deurance wrote
at 18:01:49 on 23 February 2014
This is part of a greater more sinister agenda being orchestrated by the super rich and powerful elite. The police are a privatized business owned by the these elite arseholes who want global control over us. The GMP officers involved, should be sacked and then prosecuted by the girl's family. They also should be publicly humiliated right across the UK. Bullying a 15 year old girl is totally unacceptable. They should be jailed for child abuse as well. Shame on GMP morons.
 
Jean Kingsley monks wrote
at 09:48:35 on 23 February 2014
I watched the Vidio shown yesterday of this event with my husband. His comment was , that if any man made body contact with his daughter as these policeman did with these girls he would not be responsible for his actions. It was sexual harassment. The young girls were becoming more and more upset by it. They could not get them selves out of the crowd. What's more the policeman had a smile on his face. I noticed police liaison officers were there. A women , she seemed to do nothing to help. Does she have a daughter. I thought in the past that our police do a great job. These officers have let the British police force and us all down. We are so sorry that these young people have had to experiance such treatment.
 
rmd wrote
at 16:42:55 on 22 February 2014
CAN WE DO ANYTHING ABOUT THIS? PETITION ETC?
 
Gary mackness wrote
at 16:04:34 on 22 February 2014
GMP are clearly trying to escalate the situation by trying to provoke people lawfully protesting. I suspect the idea is to instigate a violent response so they can justify clearing the camp. They have failed so far but it sickens me that they are behaving in this way and the respect I had for the police is ebbing away.
 
Eamonn O'Coilea'in wrote
at 16:04:27 on 22 February 2014
Over in Ireland shell cops did the the exactly the same no first arrest adults then the children were assaulted and later trumped up charges were made against minors to the courts where the cops freely perjured themselves. Great minded lawyers are needed to Stop this bullying of the local population. Been there and it sucks, but unless you take the protest to councillors houses it's just a pushing game instill some one snaps and someone gets killed on either side. ALl the best wish I was there but was crippled in 2006 @ shell protest taking photos. Still waiting 7 1/2 yrs for my day in court. Still peaceful.
 
Teri Browett wrote
at 13:16:17 on 22 February 2014
This is child abuse. They should not have take a minor into custody without her parent. I thought the police were there to protect people not protect Industry. Are the Industries paying the police? Don't football clubs have to pay?
 
Chrissie wrote
at 13:15:45 on 22 February 2014
This is as usual Police targeting and bullying, for no reason whats so ever, except unlawful arrest!! I have watched a lot of live footage and have witnessed countless assaults and brutality on innocent and vulnerable people and now a child!!! I would like to know WHY? IS THIS BEING ALLOWED!! WHERE IS OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM? WHY IS THE LAW NOW SUDDENLY ABOVE THE LAW? WHY IS THIS NOT BEING REPORTED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC MORE!! THROUGH THE NEWS MEDIA AND PAPERS? WHY IS THIS ABUSE BEING ALLOWED TO HAPPEN!! OVER AND OVER AGAIN? WHY ARE THE POLICE NOT BEING CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT? BECAUSE THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT IT IS!! THE PROOF IS IN THE LIVE FOOTAGE!! OR IS IT GOING TO TAKE A FATALITY FOR THIS ISSUE TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY!! AND DEALT WITH IN A FAIR AND LAWFUL MANNER!! THIS IS NOT POLICING!! THIS IS BULLYING!! PLEASE HELP!!
 
Ted wrote
at 13:14:40 on 22 February 2014
What a bunch of inept , clueless , bullying thugs GMP are , picking on a brave young girl . What little respect I had for the police has gone forever . They should be ashamed of themselves . GMP are Peel's Boot Boys , and it's pitiful.
 
Chaz wrote
at 11:21:16 on 22 February 2014
As the song quite rightly goes, "and if you tolerate this, then YOUR children will be next"
 
Bob Thomas wrote
at 11:21:12 on 22 February 2014
Trumpt up charges. Yet more appalling behaviour by Greater Manchester Police, no ending to it.
 
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