Send your questions for police chief in charge of March for England

Send your questions for police chief in charge of March of England

Send your questions for police chief in charge of March of England

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This week's Your Interview is with Superintendent Steve Whitton of Sussex Police, who was in charge of the March for England operation at the weekend.

Have you got a burning question you want to ask the police chief?

Maybe you question why March for England is allowed to go ahead?

Or perhaps you want to ask how many officer hours are spent policing the controversial event?

Leave your questions in the comments section below or e-mail news@theargus.co.uk with 'Your Interview' in the subject title.

 

 

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9:21am Tue 29 Apr 14

BWess93 says...

The majority of the March for England attendees do not cause the trouble, should the opposing demonstration by the UAF go ahead? As they are the ones who show aggression and hurl objects at police and those marching.
The majority of the March for England attendees do not cause the trouble, should the opposing demonstration by the UAF go ahead? As they are the ones who show aggression and hurl objects at police and those marching. BWess93
  • Score: -2

9:22am Tue 29 Apr 14

juleshove says...

Dear Superintendent,

The so called March for England is well known for violence and trouble, having significant extremist thuggish supporters on both sides.

Brighton is a relatively small city with a very compact city centre. As a result the impact of this March is felt far more keenly by local residents than it would for example in a much larger city like Manchester or London.

The March also is detrimental to our tourism trade. I suspect any tourists who witnessed some of the aggressive behaviour I saw, would hold quite a negative opinion of our city.

Almost all of the marchers from both sides do not even live in our city and over 95% of local residents do not want this March to go ahead.

It seems the green party are the only ones actively supporting the right for this March to go ahead, regardless of the massive disruption to the majority.

None of the three 'serious' political parties support this March taking place in Brighton.

Surely to reduce police costs and minimise the disruption caused, it would make sense to have this March take place ( if it has to take place at all ) in a city or location that is used to policing such aggressive events and where the impact is felt far less by local residents because of the size of the city. I.e. London ?
Dear Superintendent, The so called March for England is well known for violence and trouble, having significant extremist thuggish supporters on both sides. Brighton is a relatively small city with a very compact city centre. As a result the impact of this March is felt far more keenly by local residents than it would for example in a much larger city like Manchester or London. The March also is detrimental to our tourism trade. I suspect any tourists who witnessed some of the aggressive behaviour I saw, would hold quite a negative opinion of our city. Almost all of the marchers from both sides do not even live in our city and over 95% of local residents do not want this March to go ahead. It seems the green party are the only ones actively supporting the right for this March to go ahead, regardless of the massive disruption to the majority. None of the three 'serious' political parties support this March taking place in Brighton. Surely to reduce police costs and minimise the disruption caused, it would make sense to have this March take place ( if it has to take place at all ) in a city or location that is used to policing such aggressive events and where the impact is felt far less by local residents because of the size of the city. I.e. London ? juleshove
  • Score: 0

9:38am Tue 29 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

I am very concerned with how these events are reported,both the MFE and the UAF attract a element that is violent some might say extremist.People think because people are hiding behind the name UAF that they are peacefull but what I have seen they are anything but,they even now attend UKIP events to cause trouble.When you release the figures on arrests could you also say which side they were on either MFE,UAF or any other group etc.Im pleased this year face coverings were not allowed as I think if you want to protest in public you should show your face in public so hopefully anyone from any side breaking the law can now be traced.THE IMPRESSION IN THE CITY IS THAT MFE CAUSE MOST OF THE VIOLENCE BUT IN REALITY I THINK ITS SUCH GROUPS AS THE UAF WHAT DO ARREST FIGURES SHOW?
I am very concerned with how these events are reported,both the MFE and the UAF attract a element that is violent some might say extremist.People think because people are hiding behind the name UAF that they are peacefull but what I have seen they are anything but,they even now attend UKIP events to cause trouble.When you release the figures on arrests could you also say which side they were on either MFE,UAF or any other group etc.Im pleased this year face coverings were not allowed as I think if you want to protest in public you should show your face in public so hopefully anyone from any side breaking the law can now be traced.THE IMPRESSION IN THE CITY IS THAT MFE CAUSE MOST OF THE VIOLENCE BUT IN REALITY I THINK ITS SUCH GROUPS AS THE UAF WHAT DO ARREST FIGURES SHOW? clubrob6
  • Score: 3

9:44am Tue 29 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

juleshove wrote:
Dear Superintendent,

The so called March for England is well known for violence and trouble, having significant extremist thuggish supporters on both sides.

Brighton is a relatively small city with a very compact city centre. As a result the impact of this March is felt far more keenly by local residents than it would for example in a much larger city like Manchester or London.

The March also is detrimental to our tourism trade. I suspect any tourists who witnessed some of the aggressive behaviour I saw, would hold quite a negative opinion of our city.

Almost all of the marchers from both sides do not even live in our city and over 95% of local residents do not want this March to go ahead.

It seems the green party are the only ones actively supporting the right for this March to go ahead, regardless of the massive disruption to the majority.

None of the three 'serious' political parties support this March taking place in Brighton.

Surely to reduce police costs and minimise the disruption caused, it would make sense to have this March take place ( if it has to take place at all ) in a city or location that is used to policing such aggressive events and where the impact is felt far less by local residents because of the size of the city. I.e. London ?
Agree with most of your comments but the UAF are travelling the country causing violence wherever they go to anything they object to even at UKIP event like in Hove recently,so stopping the right for a march this group will claim victory by violence.
[quote][p][bold]juleshove[/bold] wrote: Dear Superintendent, The so called March for England is well known for violence and trouble, having significant extremist thuggish supporters on both sides. Brighton is a relatively small city with a very compact city centre. As a result the impact of this March is felt far more keenly by local residents than it would for example in a much larger city like Manchester or London. The March also is detrimental to our tourism trade. I suspect any tourists who witnessed some of the aggressive behaviour I saw, would hold quite a negative opinion of our city. Almost all of the marchers from both sides do not even live in our city and over 95% of local residents do not want this March to go ahead. It seems the green party are the only ones actively supporting the right for this March to go ahead, regardless of the massive disruption to the majority. None of the three 'serious' political parties support this March taking place in Brighton. Surely to reduce police costs and minimise the disruption caused, it would make sense to have this March take place ( if it has to take place at all ) in a city or location that is used to policing such aggressive events and where the impact is felt far less by local residents because of the size of the city. I.e. London ?[/p][/quote]Agree with most of your comments but the UAF are travelling the country causing violence wherever they go to anything they object to even at UKIP event like in Hove recently,so stopping the right for a march this group will claim victory by violence. clubrob6
  • Score: 5

9:50am Tue 29 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

ONE OF THE MOST UPSETTING EVENTS FROM SUNDAY WAS A ARGUS PHOTOGRAPHER WAS CALLED A GRANDDAD AND WAS VERY ANNOYED ABOUT IT.DO YOU THINK ITS RIGHT FOR PEOPLE TO GO AROUND CALLING PEOPLE GRANDDAD ON OUR STREETS?
ONE OF THE MOST UPSETTING EVENTS FROM SUNDAY WAS A ARGUS PHOTOGRAPHER WAS CALLED A GRANDDAD AND WAS VERY ANNOYED ABOUT IT.DO YOU THINK ITS RIGHT FOR PEOPLE TO GO AROUND CALLING PEOPLE GRANDDAD ON OUR STREETS? clubrob6
  • Score: 0

9:59am Tue 29 Apr 14

rolivan says...

Why is the March for England held where it is going to cause a lot of disruption . Why not hold it in Madeira Drive where there is virtually no through traffic and very little business going on that have to close for the Day?
Why is the March for England held where it is going to cause a lot of disruption . Why not hold it in Madeira Drive where there is virtually no through traffic and very little business going on that have to close for the Day? rolivan
  • Score: 3

10:16am Tue 29 Apr 14

Saltdean Resident says...

I understand that we live in a democracy and everyone should have the right to protest, but why have along the busiest stretch of the seafront causing travel chaos for local Brightonians and stopping most of them enjoying their city causing loses for struggling local businesses.

Why cant the march be moved to somewhere like Madeira Drive, if another event is already booked in then they will have to pick another date, like anyone else, at least they would all be out of sight and mind and we can get on as normal, they won't get as much publicity and hopefully both groups will give up. Allowing them to use our seafront every year will just perpetuate these problems happening every year.

As most of the pro and anti marchers are not from Brighton, why do they take presidence over the people of this city, we've had enough, return the parade to the scouts and guides, get some morris dancers in and make it fun again.
I understand that we live in a democracy and everyone should have the right to protest, but why have along the busiest stretch of the seafront causing travel chaos for local Brightonians and stopping most of them enjoying their city causing loses for struggling local businesses. Why cant the march be moved to somewhere like Madeira Drive, if another event is already booked in then they will have to pick another date, like anyone else, at least they would all be out of sight and mind and we can get on as normal, they won't get as much publicity and hopefully both groups will give up. Allowing them to use our seafront every year will just perpetuate these problems happening every year. As most of the pro and anti marchers are not from Brighton, why do they take presidence over the people of this city, we've had enough, return the parade to the scouts and guides, get some morris dancers in and make it fun again. Saltdean Resident
  • Score: 1

10:26am Tue 29 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

rolivan wrote:
Why is the March for England held where it is going to cause a lot of disruption . Why not hold it in Madeira Drive where there is virtually no through traffic and very little business going on that have to close for the Day?
Agree but unfortunately the group that causes the vast majority of the violence and trouble would just stand on the top levels throwing things so it would cost even more to police.
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: Why is the March for England held where it is going to cause a lot of disruption . Why not hold it in Madeira Drive where there is virtually no through traffic and very little business going on that have to close for the Day?[/p][/quote]Agree but unfortunately the group that causes the vast majority of the violence and trouble would just stand on the top levels throwing things so it would cost even more to police. clubrob6
  • Score: 5

10:52am Tue 29 Apr 14

Saltdean Resident says...

clubrob6 wrote:
rolivan wrote:
Why is the March for England held where it is going to cause a lot of disruption . Why not hold it in Madeira Drive where there is virtually no through traffic and very little business going on that have to close for the Day?
Agree but unfortunately the group that causes the vast majority of the violence and trouble would just stand on the top levels throwing things so it would cost even more to police.
Not if it was held at the far end of madeira drive, the road is set quite a distance from the top, and it should be easy enough to close a section of pavement even if it were held further down towards the pier, problem solved.
[quote][p][bold]clubrob6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: Why is the March for England held where it is going to cause a lot of disruption . Why not hold it in Madeira Drive where there is virtually no through traffic and very little business going on that have to close for the Day?[/p][/quote]Agree but unfortunately the group that causes the vast majority of the violence and trouble would just stand on the top levels throwing things so it would cost even more to police.[/p][/quote]Not if it was held at the far end of madeira drive, the road is set quite a distance from the top, and it should be easy enough to close a section of pavement even if it were held further down towards the pier, problem solved. Saltdean Resident
  • Score: 1

11:28am Tue 29 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

BWess93 wrote:
The majority of the March for England attendees do not cause the trouble, should the opposing demonstration by the UAF go ahead? As they are the ones who show aggression and hurl objects at police and those marching.
No matter what you say people wont accept the fact that such groups as the UAF cause the vast majority of trouble.I nearly joined the UAF as I thought they stood for what I believed but they are worse than the groups they are opposing.
[quote][p][bold]BWess93[/bold] wrote: The majority of the March for England attendees do not cause the trouble, should the opposing demonstration by the UAF go ahead? As they are the ones who show aggression and hurl objects at police and those marching.[/p][/quote]No matter what you say people wont accept the fact that such groups as the UAF cause the vast majority of trouble.I nearly joined the UAF as I thought they stood for what I believed but they are worse than the groups they are opposing. clubrob6
  • Score: 5

11:38am Tue 29 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

Saltdean Resident wrote:
clubrob6 wrote:
rolivan wrote:
Why is the March for England held where it is going to cause a lot of disruption . Why not hold it in Madeira Drive where there is virtually no through traffic and very little business going on that have to close for the Day?
Agree but unfortunately the group that causes the vast majority of the violence and trouble would just stand on the top levels throwing things so it would cost even more to police.
Not if it was held at the far end of madeira drive, the road is set quite a distance from the top, and it should be easy enough to close a section of pavement even if it were held further down towards the pier, problem solved.
True must agree that end would be better,and we could have a barrier separating us from the MFE and the UAF and on the other end of madeira drive we could have a family event where everyone no matter there race,religious beliefs,sexuality can all come to celebrate the day together.
[quote][p][bold]Saltdean Resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]clubrob6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: Why is the March for England held where it is going to cause a lot of disruption . Why not hold it in Madeira Drive where there is virtually no through traffic and very little business going on that have to close for the Day?[/p][/quote]Agree but unfortunately the group that causes the vast majority of the violence and trouble would just stand on the top levels throwing things so it would cost even more to police.[/p][/quote]Not if it was held at the far end of madeira drive, the road is set quite a distance from the top, and it should be easy enough to close a section of pavement even if it were held further down towards the pier, problem solved.[/p][/quote]True must agree that end would be better,and we could have a barrier separating us from the MFE and the UAF and on the other end of madeira drive we could have a family event where everyone no matter there race,religious beliefs,sexuality can all come to celebrate the day together. clubrob6
  • Score: 3

11:50am Tue 29 Apr 14

The Real Phil says...

Moving the march any further away from the current route would involve a much longer journey from the station and therefore need a much larger force to protect the nazis on their way to the starting point.
The obvious solution would be to hold the march on the upper level of the station car park, so much closer to the station and easier to seal off completely. The heroes of St George would be able to wave their flags proudly from a high location, and keep the costs down for the local taxpayer.
Moving the march any further away from the current route would involve a much longer journey from the station and therefore need a much larger force to protect the nazis on their way to the starting point. The obvious solution would be to hold the march on the upper level of the station car park, so much closer to the station and easier to seal off completely. The heroes of St George would be able to wave their flags proudly from a high location, and keep the costs down for the local taxpayer. The Real Phil
  • Score: 0

2:02pm Tue 29 Apr 14

cynic_the says...

Superintendent:

Elsewhere on the Argus website today, two separate people are reportedly due in court (Hove, Worthing) charged with "using threatening and abusive language with intent to cause racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress".

With this in mind, why were only 27 people arrested on Sunday - and far fewer actually charged - despite the huge Police presence?

Do such laws cease to apply under certain circumstances?
Superintendent: Elsewhere on the Argus website today, two separate people are reportedly due in court (Hove, Worthing) charged with "using threatening and abusive language with intent to cause racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress". With this in mind, why were only 27 people arrested on Sunday - and far fewer actually charged - despite the huge Police presence? Do such laws cease to apply under certain circumstances? cynic_the
  • Score: 0

2:03pm Tue 29 Apr 14

hursthill says...

In December 2012 an anti-Israel protestor was arrested & succesfully prosecuted for giving a Hitler salute. ( See Argus report).

Will you similarly ensure any protestors ( MFE or UAF) who made a Nazi salute will be arrested ?
In December 2012 an anti-Israel protestor was arrested & succesfully prosecuted for giving a Hitler salute. ( See Argus report). Will you similarly ensure any protestors ( MFE or UAF) who made a Nazi salute will be arrested ? hursthill
  • Score: 0

10:16pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

These people claim to represent England, but they were shabbily dressed and some were so poorly turned out they looked homeless.
Is there any way the police can ask them to at least make an attempt to dress nicely if they want to represent England instead of looking as if they are wearing some old trainers and trackie bottoms I sent to Romania in 1985.
These people claim to represent England, but they were shabbily dressed and some were so poorly turned out they looked homeless. Is there any way the police can ask them to at least make an attempt to dress nicely if they want to represent England instead of looking as if they are wearing some old trainers and trackie bottoms I sent to Romania in 1985. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: -1

12:49pm Wed 30 Apr 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
These people claim to represent England, but they were shabbily dressed and some were so poorly turned out they looked homeless.
Is there any way the police can ask them to at least make an attempt to dress nicely if they want to represent England instead of looking as if they are wearing some old trainers and trackie bottoms I sent to Romania in 1985.
At no point did MFE state that it was representing England.

I see you're still targeting Romanians with racist comments about them.
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: These people claim to represent England, but they were shabbily dressed and some were so poorly turned out they looked homeless. Is there any way the police can ask them to at least make an attempt to dress nicely if they want to represent England instead of looking as if they are wearing some old trainers and trackie bottoms I sent to Romania in 1985.[/p][/quote]At no point did MFE state that it was representing England. I see you're still targeting Romanians with racist comments about them. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 0

12:51pm Wed 30 Apr 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

cynic_the wrote:
Superintendent:

Elsewhere on the Argus website today, two separate people are reportedly due in court (Hove, Worthing) charged with "using threatening and abusive language with intent to cause racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress".

With this in mind, why were only 27 people arrested on Sunday - and far fewer actually charged - despite the huge Police presence?

Do such laws cease to apply under certain circumstances?
Perhaps because no racially-aggravated crimes were committed?

Or doesn't that fit in with prejudiced view that anyone who flies an England flag is automatically committing an offence relating to racism?
[quote][p][bold]cynic_the[/bold] wrote: Superintendent: Elsewhere on the Argus website today, two separate people are reportedly due in court (Hove, Worthing) charged with "using threatening and abusive language with intent to cause racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress". With this in mind, why were only 27 people arrested on Sunday - and far fewer actually charged - despite the huge Police presence? Do such laws cease to apply under certain circumstances?[/p][/quote]Perhaps because no racially-aggravated crimes were committed? Or doesn't that fit in with prejudiced view that anyone who flies an England flag is automatically committing an offence relating to racism? ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 0

1:04pm Wed 30 Apr 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

I don't have a question for Superintendent Whitton, but I would like just like to inform him how pleased I and many others who were on the March at the conduct of his officers that day. I didn't witness any behaviour from them that I would call questionable. Indeed, they were most tolerant, even-handed and good-humoured throughout the day. It didn't prevent them being organised and professional, and their helpful responses to the occasional query proved to be accurate. I was able to shake hands with a couple as I exited the March on West Street.

I was very grateful for their presence, and I hope that Superintendent Whitton is proud of their efforts......he has every reason to be.
I don't have a question for Superintendent Whitton, but I would like just like to inform him how pleased I and many others who were on the March at the conduct of his officers that day. I didn't witness any behaviour from them that I would call questionable. Indeed, they were most tolerant, even-handed and good-humoured throughout the day. It didn't prevent them being organised and professional, and their helpful responses to the occasional query proved to be accurate. I was able to shake hands with a couple as I exited the March on West Street. I was very grateful for their presence, and I hope that Superintendent Whitton is proud of their efforts......he has every reason to be. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 0

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