Theresa May, since her announcement that she was launching ‘Operation Temperer’ to put armed troops onto Britain’s streets to supplement police numbers, has received harsh criticism for creating the shortage in those numbers through the unprecedented cuts to police budgets and front-line police numbers that she enacted as Home Secretary.
Troops are arriving onto our nation’s streets today. But in fact, the SKWAWKBOX has learned that troops were already on the streets yesterday – and in official police uniform.
‘Major X’, a high-ranking army officer that has provided information to this blog previously, contacted the SKWAWKBOX with an image of a police scene, taken yesterday in Manchester and published in the
The ‘officer’ in the foreground with his face covered, is not a police officer.
As Major X told the SKWAWKBOX:
The officer in the foreground, who has a police number on his shoulder, is carrying the SA80A2 rifle which is only issued to British forces. Police firearms teams typically use Heckler & Koch and never, ever use SA80 in either A1 or A2 configuration.
His shoulder flash reads “EOD2” which identifies him as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team member. The Met has its own team, SO13, all ex-forces, but provincial forces do not.
This image is proof that the military operate inside and alongside the police in ways which are designed to stop the general public noticing that they’re dealing with the military, not the police.
The picture below shows a solider carrying an SA80A2 rifle:
While this image is of a Metropolitan Police handout showing police-issue weapons and equipment, with a handy legend showing what each one is – and not an SA80 in sight:
Of course, the fact that the ‘officer’ has his face covered also suggests something out of the ordinary going on.
Major X was not, of course, in a position to comment whether this use of military personnel in police uniforms is intended to disguise the holes in police numbers caused by Mrs May’s swingeing cuts to budgets and front-line officer numbers.
But the hard evidence presented by this photograph does raise further serious questions for a Prime Minister and former Home Secretary about the need for troops to supplement regular police numbers – and, for that matter, why she thinks that a small number (five thousand) of troops make up for almost 20,000 ‘missing’ front-line police officers.
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