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Top cop drops in on Meriden protesters

MERIDEN Green Belt protesters received a surprise visit from the Chief Constable of the West Midlands Chris Simms last weekend.

MERIDEN Green Belt protesters received a surprise visit from the Chief Constable of the West Midlands Chris Simms last weekend.

Over a cup of tea around the camp brazier, members of the group - now almost into the 400th day of their vigil - spoke to Chief Constable Simms on Saturday evening about the protest.

Meriden Residents Against Innapropriate Development (RAID) chairman David McGrath said: “We have about 200 people doing shifts at camps throughout so when the Chief Constable arrived there were around six or seven people on the shift.

We have had a number of high profile visitors to our protest vigil and I am delighted that Mr Simms took a personal interest.

Our particular shift on that night explained that this protest is about protecting green belt and it is peaceful but we are determined.”

Mr Simms, in a message to Mr Grath added: “My visit on Saturday was spontaneous in that I was out on patrol with local officers and asked to get a feel for what was going on.”

 

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