The anti-fracking protests at Barton Moss, which took place between November 2013 and April 2014, gained as much attention for how they were policed as the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing which they opposed.
Back in October 2014, a report into the Baron Moss policing by the Police and Crime Commissioner's Independent Panel, was slated as being neither credible nor independent – as Greater Manchester Police had the final input before publication (see previous Salford Star article – click here).
This Wednesday, however, a new report, titled Keep Moving!, is being launched, containing interim findings from research into the policing and concerns about the nature, function and proportionality of the policing operation at the Camp and the way that policing methods were deployed.
The authors of the report, Dr Joanna Gilmore from University of York, and Dr Will Jackson and Dr Helen Monk from Liverpool John Moores University, say they hope the report will "inform the way in which relevant bodies and media organisations monitor the policing of protests."
The launch event will feature a number of speakers, including those involved in the protest itself, legal representatives, and the authors of the report…
A report on the policing of the Barton Moss Community Protection Camp
Wednesday 24th February 7pm-9pm
Friends Meeting House
6 Mount Street
Katrina Lawrie (Barton Moss Protector)
Simon Pook (Robert Lizar Solicitors)
Joanna Gilmore (University of York)
Will Jackson (LJMU)
Helen Monk (LJMU)
Words by Steven Speed