Environmental destruction ordered to improve surveillance of protestors

Daily Mirror 11 September 2006
FURY AFTER COPS AXE FIVE TREES

RESIDENTS were furious after a row of 30-year-old trees was cut down – so police could watch an animal rights demo.

Officers complained the five 30ft trees obscured a CCTV camera’s view..

The felling meant they could see campaigners who met in Melton, Leics, for a demo at a supermarket.

Locals said it was a massive over-reaction to the protest ” which went without incident..

One said: “I can’t believe the council has done this just so a policeman sitting on his backside in a control room somewhere can have a better view.”.

Paul Evans, head of the council’s street scene and environment department, said: “I can understand people being upset but it was a police request.”.

But he said shrubs might be planted following “a number of calls”. .

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