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Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 12:50:38 +0000
Subject: SchNEWS 192, 19 November 1998

Birmingham Northern Relief Road

helping to train Staffs police

Weird things are happening again along the proposed site of the Birmingham Northern Relief road. For the past three weeks coach loads of police have come down to the site as part of their training to talk 'informally' to the protesters. Staffordshire Police this training programme is based on the fundamental principle that the role of the police is an impartial provides an opportunity for officers to hear first hand from environmental protestors why they are occupying the site, what their intentions are and how they will react when they come into contact with the cops during the eviciton. Think it's weird? Not as weird as those on site find it. One told SchNEWS "We are the ones now lecturing the police. We have become advisors to our own eviciton. It's all rather strange." Or just one big police evidence gatherers exercise.


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