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TOPIC: Lancashire Police tip off DWP with footage of fracking protestors

Lancashire Police tip off DWP with footage of fracking protestors 23 Dec 2018 09:10 #12318

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21 December 2018

A police force has been accused of spying after it passed on footage of disabled anti-fracking protesters to the Department for Work and Pensions.

Lancashire Police said it had a "duty" to pass information on when "fraud may be being committed". :angry:

The DWP said it had "no formal arrangement" with police over tip-offs.

Anti-fracking protests have been held near Little Plumpton, Lancashire, since shale gas extraction was approved at the site in 2016.

A police spokesman said: "The DWP are a partner agency and where we have information to suggest that fraud may be being committed we have a duty to pass that on, including video footage if we have it."

The force said it accepted that people with disabilities have a right to protest and denied it was setting a dangerous precedent by passing on information.

"We will, of course, facilitate the right of anyone to protest lawfully," the spokesman added.

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