Concern as GMP send officers to London for Donald Trump visit
Thursday 12th July 2018 @ 15:49 by Tom Greggan
Denton & Audenshaw News Tameside

Denton & Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne has raised concerns over the Government’s plan to deal with the visit of US President Donald Trump.

The criticism comes after the Home Office and Greater Manchester Police confirmed that the force are committing 250 officers to help with increased security over the weekend. Large protests are expected across London.

He said: “Given that communities across Greater Manchester have lost over 2,000 officers due to Government cuts since 2010 and with the 101 emergency line in chaos, I’m really concerned of the capacity of Greater Manchester Police to cover the whole conurbation over the weekend.

“With England playing at the World Cup again on Saturday, as well as the hot summer weather and further Trump protests in Greater Manchester itself the police are over-stretched.

“The Government should have had a better plan in place ahead of this visit.”

It has been reported that the National Police Coordination Centre had requested over 400 officers from Greater Manchester, however that request was purportedly rejected from the force.

It is understood that 4,000 officers from other forces in the UK will be mobilised to support Metropolitan Police colleagues in areas Trump is visiting.