Member told to report to Eston Police Station this evening to receive caution

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, GMB,

GMB flagThe GMB is this evening calling a protest in solidarity with a member who was bundled into the back of a police van during a demonstration against pay.

The member has been instructed to report to Eston Police Station at 6pm and the union wants to ensure he has plenty of support as he goes inside.

The member was protesting about the undercutting of the National Agreement for Engineering Construction Industry rates of pay on the construction of a new purpose-built energy-from-waste facility at Wilton International.

GMB national officer Phil Whitehurst said: “Approximately eight weeks ago the police pulled this GMB member into a van on the protest line outside the gates of Wilton International. They let him go without charge after he gave them his name and the told him it would go no further.

“However PC Daniel Demoily, from Redcar & Cleveland Police, turned up at his home on Wednesday night and in full view of his wife and family instructed him he had to attend the police station today at 6pm to receive a police caution for his part in a protest which took place approximately eight weeks ago.

“How ridiculous, approximately eight weeks after he was released without charge, the very same force come to his door and order him to report to Eston Police Station.

“If this was not bad enough the police officer in question told him in front of his wife and family that he would be receiving a caution for his part in a protest and if he did not want to accept the caution he would need to be accompanied by a solicitor or one would be appointed for him.

“This is police intimidation of protesters at its very worse. GMB will of course instruct a solicitor to fight this outrageous act of police intimidation

“I challenge Barry Coppinger the Police and Crime Commissioner for Redcar & Cleveland to come clean and respond as to why his officers are using such intimidatory tactics and so long after the originally questioning and releasing the innocent protester outside the Wilton site.”

* The GMB is calling the demonstration outside Eston Police Station, High Street, Eston TS6 9JF from 5.45pm

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Tim Lezard

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