This statement is intended to provide a clear and unequivocal expression to all those who participate in protests against HS2 in Warwickshire of the force’s independent and impartial stance.
We acknowledge and respect the right to peaceful protest. We do however have a duty to uphold the law and where we find evidence that a criminal offence has occurred we will take proportionate action.
We will discharge our core policing responsibilities of preventing and detecting crime and preventing or stopping a breach of the peace.
We are fully committed to investigate and, where evidence exists, to bring to justice any person found breaking the law.
We are working hard to engage with protestors, and HS2 ltd, and let them know our policing intentions.
We recognise there is much discussion, comment and posting around HS2 on social media. This does not always reflect a balanced view of the issue. As such, we will not routinely respond to social media discussion.
Instead, we would invite protestors and protest groups to engage directly with our staff; they can either speak to an officer at the scene or contact the safer neighbourhood team local to the area – contact details can be found by entering a post code on the home page of our website.
More information on peaceful protest can be found here - https://www.askthe.police.uk/content/Q330.htm
The government has issued strict guidance to help tackle the Covid 19 pandemic. Where we suspect people are in breach of government guidance we will respond in a proportionate way, including enforcement action where appropriate.