Liberal Democrats call to suspend tree felling after images of campaigners being wrestled to the ground appear on the internet.
Laura Gordon, Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Campaigner for Sheffield Hallam, called the behaviour inexcusable and demanded that the Council call it out. She said:
“Throughout the tree saga, we’ve seen an escalation in behaviour. They started with waking residents up at 5am, then they moved onto arresting campaigners and using private detectives. Now we’ve seen people wrestled to the floor. This is a pattern that is tracing a dark picture of our city.”
“The Council are needlessly escalating this. I don’t understand how they think it is okay to use force when dealing with peaceful campaigners. Behaviour like this is inexcusable and the Council need to call it out.”
Cllr. Shaffaq Mohammed, Leader of the Lib Dems on Sheffield Council has asked for tree felling to be suspended while an investigation takes place. Shaffaq said:
“I am deeply worried about the fact that rather than opening a dialogue with tree campaigners, the council decide to wrestle them to the floor. Who made the decision that behaviour like this is okay?
“Trust in the Council’s tree policy has now hit an all time low after felling has escalated to violence. I think we need an investigation into who made the decision to allow this to happen and felling needs to be suspended while this happens.
“We cannot have a Council who thinks it is acceptable to act like this. Sheffield deserves better.”