MP for Worsley and Eccles South Barbara Keeley has criticised the scale of the police presence at the anti-fracking protest at Barton Moss.
Ms Keeley questioned the need for 150 specialist officers plus local officers from Greater Manchester Police at what is she called 'a very small protest'.
She said: '"I am worried that crime could rise locally as a result of our Greater Manchester police officers spending time at the Barton Moss protest rather than patrolling in our local communities.
“The scale and cost of the police force being used at the protest is an issue for tax-payers."
Greater Manchester Police however have rejected Ms Keeley's claims and says the number of officers at the protest is 'safe and sensible'
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