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Robert Halfon v The Chief Constable: Someone is not helping the police with their inquiries

Politics / Tue 13th Jan 2015 at 09:42am

THE WAR of words between Harlow MP Robert Halfon and the chief constable of Essex, Steven Kavanagh over illegal traveller camps in Harlow has continued.

This time the two men used the platform of BBC 5 Live Breakfast with Nicky Campbell to express their differing opinions on the situation that has been a problem for Harlow since Oct 2013.

Mr Halfon told the BBC that the situation continues to be one of a “state of siege” and accused the chief of being “afraid to deal with the problem.”

“The chief constable is abrogating responsibility and seems to care more about human rights.”

In his defence, the chief constable said: “In thirty years, I have never been accused of walking away from a difficult situation…and we are not going to walk away now.

“We use very limited legislation…The language that Robert Halfon uses is unhelpful.

“We will not label travellers.

“It is very easy for Mr Halfon to make these accusations. It is a shame that he did not meet me over Christmas and New Year.

“The lack of transit sites is a problem and it is a planning issue.”

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