VIDEO: Investigation after anti-fracking protester claims he was unlawfully arrested at Barton Moss

The Bolton News: Police at Barton Moss Police at Barton Moss

THE actions of a Greater Manchester Police officer are being investigated after a doctor claims he was unlawfully arrested at an anti-fracking protest.

Dr Steven Peers was videoing the demonstration at Barton Moss, Salford, and was arrested for refusing a breath test after a police officer accused him of driving to the site drunk.

Sgt Dave Kehoe is seen on video saying: “You've had a drink this morning. Where's your car? You've just said to me you've had two drinks.”

The doctor said he told the officer he had been drinking tea, not alcohol.

Dr Peers was charged but the case was withdrawn by the Crown Prosecution Service because there was insufficient evidence.

A police spokesman said: "Greater Manchester Police has received a complaint about this video, which officers from the professional standards branch are investigating.”

Tony Lloyd, police and crime commissioner for Greater Manchester, added: “There have been a number of incidents referred to GMP’s professional standards department, where serious allegations have been made about police conduct at Barton Moss.

“There is legitimate public concern over this operation and it is right and proper that allegations of police misconduct are investigated fully and thoroughly.


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“I have — publicly and privately — called on the chief constable to provide assurances that the operation at Barton Moss is proportionate.

"It is a complex situation where police have to balance the legitimate rights of people to lawfully protest with the rights of those who live and work in the local area.

“Given there are active investigations into the conduct of police, it is difficult for me to say more at this stage, but I expect the outcomes to be made public and if misconduct has occurred, appropriate action to be taken.”

Ch Con Peter Fahy, GMP's most senior officer, has hit out at the amount of time and money the force has spent policing the protest - more than £600,000 has been spent so far.

He said: “The cost of this operation is met from our normal budget and means that officers on duty at this protest are not patrolling their beats or carrying out operations to investigate crime.

“We have to be there to ensure the protest is peaceful and to balance the rights of the protestors and those wanting to carry out drilling on the site, which are both lawful activities. The police are stuck in the middle.

“For all the hundreds of hours of policing we have received only 21 complaints, five of which are from the same person. We take this seriously and will investigate any complaints thoroughly.”

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7:04pm Fri 7 Feb 14

thomas222 says...

This happened in South Africa when the police did the same thing. Lost the morality of the people they serve. Not all Police are like this Man but they do stick together and back up wrong doing. Thats the crime.
This happened in South Africa when the police did the same thing. Lost the morality of the people they serve. Not all Police are like this Man but they do stick together and back up wrong doing. Thats the crime. thomas222
  • Score: 8

2:13am Sat 8 Feb 14

longballs r us says...

Those cops look overweight. Surely don't look fit enought to chase a robber!
Those cops look overweight. Surely don't look fit enought to chase a robber! longballs r us
  • Score: 5

7:31am Sat 8 Feb 14

The Running Man says...

All of this in the shadow of Plebgate as well. It's amazing how one person can undo the good done by so many in one act of stupidity. Surely him and his boss can't remain supervisors for much longer, can they?
All of this in the shadow of Plebgate as well. It's amazing how one person can undo the good done by so many in one act of stupidity. Surely him and his boss can't remain supervisors for much longer, can they? The Running Man
  • Score: 11

9:38am Sat 8 Feb 14

Harkin about says...

So if the guy was as "innocent" as some say why didn't he just take the breathalyser at the scene and prove he wasn't drunk. Seems to me that he got what he wanted - confrontaion followed by a compy payment.

Dont see what the cop has done wrong, would be interesting to see the rest of his video footage rather than the bits he wanted us to see.

Pointless demonstration anyway.
So if the guy was as "innocent" as some say why didn't he just take the breathalyser at the scene and prove he wasn't drunk. Seems to me that he got what he wanted - confrontaion followed by a compy payment. Dont see what the cop has done wrong, would be interesting to see the rest of his video footage rather than the bits he wanted us to see. Pointless demonstration anyway. Harkin about
  • Score: -16

10:11am Sat 8 Feb 14

thomas222 says...

Harkin about wrote:
So if the guy was as "innocent" as some say why didn't he just take the breathalyser at the scene and prove he wasn't drunk. Seems to me that he got what he wanted - confrontaion followed by a compy payment. Dont see what the cop has done wrong, would be interesting to see the rest of his video footage rather than the bits he wanted us to see. Pointless demonstration anyway.
Policeman says you have just told me that you had two drinks this morning when the guy said nothing of the sort. Bullying Police who are corrupt do no favours to anyone.
[quote][p][bold]Harkin about[/bold] wrote: So if the guy was as "innocent" as some say why didn't he just take the breathalyser at the scene and prove he wasn't drunk. Seems to me that he got what he wanted - confrontaion followed by a compy payment. Dont see what the cop has done wrong, would be interesting to see the rest of his video footage rather than the bits he wanted us to see. Pointless demonstration anyway.[/p][/quote]Policeman says you have just told me that you had two drinks this morning when the guy said nothing of the sort. Bullying Police who are corrupt do no favours to anyone. thomas222
  • Score: 12

10:47am Sat 8 Feb 14

astra 99 says...

Harkin about wrote:
So if the guy was as "innocent" as some say why didn't he just take the breathalyser at the scene and prove he wasn't drunk. Seems to me that he got what he wanted - confrontaion followed by a compy payment.

Dont see what the cop has done wrong, would be interesting to see the rest of his video footage rather than the bits he wanted us to see.

Pointless demonstration anyway.
go to uk column on the internet full unedited version,also watch gas land will enlighten you.
[quote][p][bold]Harkin about[/bold] wrote: So if the guy was as "innocent" as some say why didn't he just take the breathalyser at the scene and prove he wasn't drunk. Seems to me that he got what he wanted - confrontaion followed by a compy payment. Dont see what the cop has done wrong, would be interesting to see the rest of his video footage rather than the bits he wanted us to see. Pointless demonstration anyway.[/p][/quote]go to uk column on the internet full unedited version,also watch gas land will enlighten you. astra 99
  • Score: 5

2:15pm Sat 8 Feb 14

SleepingThunder says...

The police are supposed to serve & protect citizens not pander to corporations
£600,000 policeing this while our towns struggle? Come on wake up.
The police are supposed to serve & protect citizens not pander to corporations £600,000 policeing this while our towns struggle? Come on wake up. SleepingThunder
  • Score: 6

4:01pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Harkin about says...

well thats 30 mins of my life i wont get back, watched the Still Edited version as suggested and what stands out is that the protester is looking for a row and why oh why didnt he just take the breath test.
if you search on the guy is has done this kind of thing before and wasted our money, so not as innocent as some think.
well thats 30 mins of my life i wont get back, watched the Still Edited version as suggested and what stands out is that the protester is looking for a row and why oh why didnt he just take the breath test. if you search on the guy is has done this kind of thing before and wasted our money, so not as innocent as some think. Harkin about
  • Score: -6

11:07am Sun 9 Feb 14

adatherton says...

Why don't these posh Southerners go home and let us get on with the much needed energy drilling which will bring prosperity to the region.
Why don't these posh Southerners go home and let us get on with the much needed energy drilling which will bring prosperity to the region. adatherton
  • Score: -2

10:27pm Sun 9 Feb 14

whitehorselawyer says...

astra 99 wrote:
Harkin about wrote:
So if the guy was as "innocent" as some say why didn't he just take the breathalyser at the scene and prove he wasn't drunk. Seems to me that he got what he wanted - confrontaion followed by a compy payment.

Dont see what the cop has done wrong, would be interesting to see the rest of his video footage rather than the bits he wanted us to see.

Pointless demonstration anyway.
go to uk column on the internet full unedited version,also watch gas land will enlighten you.
at what point of the video did you hear this man say he has had two drinks or that he said he had consumed alcohol,? and were was the vehicle blue Mercedes? further more after leaving alleged vehicle who is to say what he had to drink? in between that time and unless he drives under the influence or appears to be in charge of that car,there is no evidence whatsoever ,hence the obvious fabrication ..the officer in question consumes alcohol in large amounts himself most weekends are we to infer he has drove to the white horse?
[quote][p][bold]astra 99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harkin about[/bold] wrote: So if the guy was as "innocent" as some say why didn't he just take the breathalyser at the scene and prove he wasn't drunk. Seems to me that he got what he wanted - confrontaion followed by a compy payment. Dont see what the cop has done wrong, would be interesting to see the rest of his video footage rather than the bits he wanted us to see. Pointless demonstration anyway.[/p][/quote]go to uk column on the internet full unedited version,also watch gas land will enlighten you.[/p][/quote]at what point of the video did you hear this man say he has had two drinks or that he said he had consumed alcohol,? and were was the vehicle blue Mercedes? further more after leaving alleged vehicle who is to say what he had to drink? in between that time and unless he drives under the influence or appears to be in charge of that car,there is no evidence whatsoever ,hence the obvious fabrication ..the officer in question consumes alcohol in large amounts himself most weekends are we to infer he has drove to the white horse? whitehorselawyer
  • Score: 3

10:30pm Sun 9 Feb 14

whitehorselawyer says...

astra 99 wrote:
Harkin about wrote:
So if the guy was as "innocent" as some say why didn't he just take the breathalyser at the scene and prove he wasn't drunk. Seems to me that he got what he wanted - confrontaion followed by a compy payment.

Dont see what the cop has done wrong, would be interesting to see the rest of his video footage rather than the bits he wanted us to see.

Pointless demonstration anyway.
go to uk column on the internet full unedited version,also watch gas land will enlighten you.
The court of law obviously don't agree.
[quote][p][bold]astra 99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harkin about[/bold] wrote: So if the guy was as "innocent" as some say why didn't he just take the breathalyser at the scene and prove he wasn't drunk. Seems to me that he got what he wanted - confrontaion followed by a compy payment. Dont see what the cop has done wrong, would be interesting to see the rest of his video footage rather than the bits he wanted us to see. Pointless demonstration anyway.[/p][/quote]go to uk column on the internet full unedited version,also watch gas land will enlighten you.[/p][/quote]The court of law obviously don't agree. whitehorselawyer
  • Score: 0

11:25pm Sun 9 Feb 14

whitehorselawyer says...

thomas222 wrote:
Harkin about wrote:
So if the guy was as "innocent" as some say why didn't he just take the breathalyser at the scene and prove he wasn't drunk. Seems to me that he got what he wanted - confrontaion followed by a compy payment. Dont see what the cop has done wrong, would be interesting to see the rest of his video footage rather than the bits he wanted us to see. Pointless demonstration anyway.
Policeman says you have just told me that you had two drinks this morning when the guy said nothing of the sort. Bullying Police who are corrupt do no favours to anyone.
http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=3gxI4ToNK
GQ&feature=player_em
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[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harkin about[/bold] wrote: So if the guy was as "innocent" as some say why didn't he just take the breathalyser at the scene and prove he wasn't drunk. Seems to me that he got what he wanted - confrontaion followed by a compy payment. Dont see what the cop has done wrong, would be interesting to see the rest of his video footage rather than the bits he wanted us to see. Pointless demonstration anyway.[/p][/quote]Policeman says you have just told me that you had two drinks this morning when the guy said nothing of the sort. Bullying Police who are corrupt do no favours to anyone.[/p][/quote]http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=3gxI4ToNK GQ&feature=player_em bedded whitehorselawyer
  • Score: 1

11:26pm Sun 9 Feb 14

whitehorselawyer says...

astra 99 wrote:
Harkin about wrote:
So if the guy was as "innocent" as some say why didn't he just take the breathalyser at the scene and prove he wasn't drunk. Seems to me that he got what he wanted - confrontaion followed by a compy payment.

Dont see what the cop has done wrong, would be interesting to see the rest of his video footage rather than the bits he wanted us to see.

Pointless demonstration anyway.
go to uk column on the internet full unedited version,also watch gas land will enlighten you.
http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=3gxI4ToNK
GQ&feature=player_em
bedded
[quote][p][bold]astra 99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harkin about[/bold] wrote: So if the guy was as "innocent" as some say why didn't he just take the breathalyser at the scene and prove he wasn't drunk. Seems to me that he got what he wanted - confrontaion followed by a compy payment. Dont see what the cop has done wrong, would be interesting to see the rest of his video footage rather than the bits he wanted us to see. Pointless demonstration anyway.[/p][/quote]go to uk column on the internet full unedited version,also watch gas land will enlighten you.[/p][/quote]http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=3gxI4ToNK GQ&feature=player_em bedded whitehorselawyer
  • Score: 0

11:27pm Sun 9 Feb 14

whitehorselawyer says...

thomas222 wrote:
Harkin about wrote:
So if the guy was as "innocent" as some say why didn't he just take the breathalyser at the scene and prove he wasn't drunk. Seems to me that he got what he wanted - confrontaion followed by a compy payment. Dont see what the cop has done wrong, would be interesting to see the rest of his video footage rather than the bits he wanted us to see. Pointless demonstration anyway.
Policeman says you have just told me that you had two drinks this morning when the guy said nothing of the sort. Bullying Police who are corrupt do no favours to anyone.
http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=3gxI4ToNK
GQ&feature=player_em
bedded
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harkin about[/bold] wrote: So if the guy was as "innocent" as some say why didn't he just take the breathalyser at the scene and prove he wasn't drunk. Seems to me that he got what he wanted - confrontaion followed by a compy payment. Dont see what the cop has done wrong, would be interesting to see the rest of his video footage rather than the bits he wanted us to see. Pointless demonstration anyway.[/p][/quote]Policeman says you have just told me that you had two drinks this morning when the guy said nothing of the sort. Bullying Police who are corrupt do no favours to anyone.[/p][/quote]http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=3gxI4ToNK GQ&feature=player_em bedded whitehorselawyer
  • Score: 0

9:29am Mon 10 Feb 14

whitehorselawyer says...

whitehorselawyer wrote:
astra 99 wrote:
Harkin about wrote:
So if the guy was as "innocent" as some say why didn't he just take the breathalyser at the scene and prove he wasn't drunk. Seems to me that he got what he wanted - confrontaion followed by a compy payment.

Dont see what the cop has done wrong, would be interesting to see the rest of his video footage rather than the bits he wanted us to see.

Pointless demonstration anyway.
go to uk column on the internet full unedited version,also watch gas land will enlighten you.
The court of law obviously don't agree.
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[quote][p][bold]whitehorselawyer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]astra 99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harkin about[/bold] wrote: So if the guy was as "innocent" as some say why didn't he just take the breathalyser at the scene and prove he wasn't drunk. Seems to me that he got what he wanted - confrontaion followed by a compy payment. Dont see what the cop has done wrong, would be interesting to see the rest of his video footage rather than the bits he wanted us to see. Pointless demonstration anyway.[/p][/quote]go to uk column on the internet full unedited version,also watch gas land will enlighten you.[/p][/quote]The court of law obviously don't agree.[/p][/quote]https://www.google.p t/search?q=pictures+ of+white+horse+turto n&rlz=1C1KMZB_enPT57 0PT570&espv=210&es_s m=93&tbm=isch&imgil= jdcXe4mImuCIxM%253A% 253Bhttps%253A%252F% 252Fencrypted-tbn3.g static.com%252Fimage s%253Fq%253Dtbn%253A ANd9GcS4ESPlvJeS8HiA yR0kZjO-aBjURjmNi6wP XVkhNFWDVCZygjUFIw%2 53B300%253B225%253Ba mV92nCjRy8hMM%253Bht tp%25253A%25252F%252 52Fwww.pubsgalore.co .uk%25252Fpubs%25252 F18676%25252F&source =iu&usg=__0oqPoe382c VqUK7JJWVR1DROL9M%3D &sa=X&ei=t5v4UrW_DaX H0QWkiYHQBg&ved=0CDM Q9QEwAw whitehorselawyer
  • Score: 0

9:29am Mon 10 Feb 14

whitehorselawyer says...

whitehorselawyer wrote:
astra 99 wrote:
Harkin about wrote:
So if the guy was as "innocent" as some say why didn't he just take the breathalyser at the scene and prove he wasn't drunk. Seems to me that he got what he wanted - confrontaion followed by a compy payment.

Dont see what the cop has done wrong, would be interesting to see the rest of his video footage rather than the bits he wanted us to see.

Pointless demonstration anyway.
go to uk column on the internet full unedited version,also watch gas land will enlighten you.
The court of law obviously don't agree.
https://www.google.p
t/search?q=pictures+
of+white+horse+turto
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[quote][p][bold]whitehorselawyer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]astra 99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harkin about[/bold] wrote: So if the guy was as "innocent" as some say why didn't he just take the breathalyser at the scene and prove he wasn't drunk. Seems to me that he got what he wanted - confrontaion followed by a compy payment. Dont see what the cop has done wrong, would be interesting to see the rest of his video footage rather than the bits he wanted us to see. Pointless demonstration anyway.[/p][/quote]go to uk column on the internet full unedited version,also watch gas land will enlighten you.[/p][/quote]The court of law obviously don't agree.[/p][/quote]https://www.google.p t/search?q=pictures+ of+white+horse+turto n&rlz=1C1KMZB_enPT57 0PT570&espv=210&es_s m=93&tbm=isch&imgil= jdcXe4mImuCIxM%253A% 253Bhttps%253A%252F% 252Fencrypted-tbn3.g static.com%252Fimage s%253Fq%253Dtbn%253A ANd9GcS4ESPlvJeS8HiA yR0kZjO-aBjURjmNi6wP XVkhNFWDVCZygjUFIw%2 53B300%253B225%253Ba mV92nCjRy8hMM%253Bht tp%25253A%25252F%252 52Fwww.pubsgalore.co .uk%25252Fpubs%25252 F18676%25252F&source =iu&usg=__0oqPoe382c VqUK7JJWVR1DROL9M%3D &sa=X&ei=t5v4UrW_DaX H0QWkiYHQBg&ved=0CDM Q9QEwAw whitehorselawyer
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10:48pm Mon 10 Feb 14

whitehorselawyer says...

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