Chief constable to be questioned over Balcombe protest

Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne
Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne

Sussex police and crime commissioner, Katy Bourne, will question chief constable Martin Richards about the police response to the protest in Balcombe during a meeting on Friday September 20, which will be webcast live.

Commenting ahead of the meeting, Katy Bourne said: “Cuadrilla has announced that it has withdrawn an application for a six-month extension to its planning permission for exploratory drilling in Balcombe.

“I will be questioning the chief constable fully about the policing operation in Balcombe to date at the monthly Performance and Accountability Meeting on September 20.

“It is my role to hold the chief constable to account on behalf of the public. I have received several questions from residents about the policing of the protest in Balcombe and, as a result, I will be addressing these issues during the meeting on Friday 20 September. The meeting will be webcast live at 1pm on my website: and will provide the public with an opportunity to see me put their questions directly to the Chief Constable and hear them being answered.”

A recording of the webcast will be available to view online shortly after the meeting on Friday.