Yesterday, at the Ordinary Meeting of Saddleworth Parish Council, Cllr Luke Lancaster proposed a Motion on ‘Supporting Our Police’.
In his opening remarks, Cllr Lancaster said: “Our brave police officers should always have our support and appreciation for the important work that they do - enforcing the law, tackling crime, and ensuring order in our society - all whilst facing great danger. However, I believe that the circumstances of and developments we’ve seen over the course of the summer months demand that we restate our support for the police, loudly and clearly.”
In elaborating on those developments, Cllr Lancaster raised with concern the growing cultural movement seeking to undermine, de-legitimise and unfairly criticise the police, referencing the prevalence of the foul and repulsive acronym ‘ACAB’ (‘All Cops Are Bastards’) across social media channels.
Cllr Lancaster further said: “Any one assault against an officer is one too many, but assaults have now become all too common, with reports of individuals coughing and spitting on officers being widespread throughout this virus situation.”
In seconding the Motion, Cllr Max Woodvine said: “... We need Law & Order to be upheld to ensure that society doesn’t deteriorate into anarchy and chaos. Our Policing Team in Saddleworth set a fine example so we should be supporting them in every way possible and promoting respect for them and all they do for us. This is also a tribute to all Police Officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice including PC Nicola Hughes, who was born and bred in Saddleworth. We owe them a debt of gratitude.”
Cllr Jamie Curley also paid tribute to the local policing team in Saddleworth. He also spoke of his daughter attending school with the sadly-departed PC Nicola Hughes, and said that police officers belong to one of very few occupations that “when you leave in the morning, you don’t know whether you’ll be sat back at the table that same evening.”
Despite Labour Cllr George Hulme seeking to lower the tone with party political platitudes, falsely claiming that Mayor Burnham is responsible for increasing the number of officers across Greater Manchester (a recruitment drive, in fact, led by a Conservative Home Secretary), the Motion was unanimously passed by Saddleworth Parish Council.