LBC: Ex-officer rages at 'nanny state' police
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Caller Amanda rang into LBC and accused police monitoring the M25 protests of being “frightened” of being sued by demonstrators for being heavy-handed with them. The former cop said officers had the power to use reasonable force but do not choose to use it for fear of being criticised. Amanda was also furious at the news many climate change protesters were released without bail meaning they were able to protest yet again and cause more misery.
Insulate Britain held up parts of the M25 and other major roads on Monday and Wednesday to bring attention to their organisation.
There were 77 people arrested at the Monday protest with several released under conditional bail and under investigation.
A protester rang into LBC and told Mr Ferrari they were not prevented from protesting again when they were arrested earlier this week.
Speaking on LBC, Amanda blasted the police’s poor handling of the situation and demanded the officers come down hard on the protesters.
She told the show: “I’m an ex-police officer and I am absolutely shocked and appalled by the behaviour of the police officers in Hertfordshire.
“It’s shocking, especially with the bail conditions, I know you’re going on about the bail conditions, but to be honest if you don’t give bail is there a risk of committing the same offence?
“They should be put away into the persecuted and then locked up until they go before the judge for their sentencing.”
Mr Ferrari wondered whether there were enough cells to keep the protesters locked up until they met a judge to which Amanda said a plan needed to be put in place.
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She added: “I tell you what the problem is, we’ve turned into a nanny state, we’re all too frightened as police officers to carry out our duty because we’re frightened that we might get sued or somebody might say something.
“And that’s what’s happened, we’ve turned into a nanny state.
“Police as a law, they can use reasonable force to remove someone, you pick somebody up and you move them to the side their solicitor is going to saying what somebody’s reasonable force is different to what somebody else is reasonable force.”
Footage of the protest showed police officers standing around with their hands in their pockets as angry motorists demanded they moved them on.
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One motorist could be heard calling them “f***ing scumbags” with another stating people could lose their jobs.
A cafe owner marched to the protesters stating he would not be able to earn any money today as he could not get to his cafe.
Bizarrely, the protesters held a whip-round where they donated £10 to give to the cafe owner who rejected the cash.
Surrey Police tweeted they made 32 arrests, Kent Police said they made 21 arrests with Hertfordshire Police saying they arrested a further 18 people by 10:30am on Wednesday.
On Monday, there were protests at junctions 20 for Kings Langley, Herts, 14 for Heathrow terminal four, three for Swanley in Kent, six for Godstone, Surrey and 31 for Lakeside, Essex.
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