Essex Police won’t say how many officers have been sent to cover G7 event in Cornwall

Crime / Tue 8th Jun 2021 at 12:33pm

ESSEX Police have refused to reveal how many officers have been sent to cover the G7 event in Cornwall.

On Sunday, Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet tweeted out a photo of Essex Police staff about to travel from Essex Police Headquarters in Chelmsford to Cornwall.

YH asked Essex Police to confirm if they are sending officers to Cornwall and if so, how many?

A spokesperson said: “Happy to confirm we have sent officers to support G7”.

Their apparent unwillingness to let Harlow taxpayers know how many officers have been deployed to Cornwall contrasts with other forces.

Police Scotland filmed their 400 officers as they left the Scottish Police College on Sunday morning.

The Chief Constable of Scotland said: “I have authorised the deployment of over 400 Police Scotland officers and staff to support colleagues at Devon and Cornwall Police during the G7 Conference.“

I have consistently made clear the great benefits of close co-operation among policing across the UK.“

“This has been evident over many years in Scotland, from the policing operation in relation to the Lockerbie bombing to supporting the Commonwealth Games, and will be seen again later this year during the COP26 summit.“As the UK’s second largest service, it is vital we continue to demonstrate our support in this regard.“I approved the deployment following careful consideration and it in no way affects Police Scotland’s ability to meet the policing requirements of our communities in Scotland.”

The G7 summit will see world leaders including US President Joe Biden involved in talks at Carbis Bay in Cornwall.

YH understands that over 5000 “mutual aid” officers across the United Kingdom in total are there.

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