Talk to Tony (and Peter!): Tameside public’s chance to grill Greater Manchester Police bosses

By Alex Carey

If you’ve got a burning issue that you’ve been wanting to grill the police about then now’s your chance.

Both the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police are inviting Tameside residents to quiz them on police and crime matters on September 30.

Duckinfield Town Hall will open its doors to allow the public to ask their questions to Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd and Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy.

Tony Lloyd said: “I’ve been really inspired by the turnout at these meetings so far and I’m confident Tameside will be no exception. 

“I know how much local people care about their communities and want their voices to be heard and this meeting provides that opportunity. It’s your chance to help shape local policing and tell me and the Chief Constable what we’re doing right and what we’re doing wrong.”

‘Talk to Tony’ is a series of public meetings that gives every area of Greater Manchester the opportunity to scrutinise the performance of Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

Tameside will on Monday become be the eighth of ten Greater Manchester regions to hold their meeting in 2013.

The event that will begin at 6.30pm can also be followed online for anyone that is unable to attend in person. Visit or on Twitter using the hashtag #talktotony, where you can also submit a question.

Tony Lloyd explained that the series of meetings are a great way of getting the people of Tameside to work together in forming a safe community.

He said: “It’s my and the Chief Constable’s vision to build the safest communities in Britain and this can only be achieved by making sure we work together and it’s vital that communities are involved. That’s why meetings like this are so important so I know how you feel in your communities and work with police, councils and other agencies to tackle your issues and concerns.”

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester’s website is being used by members of the public to express their opinions on the up-coming event.

Tameside resident Katy Robinson wrote on Tony Lloyd’s wesite: “Consultations face to face to allow community members who are isolated, impoverished or not computer literate to be involved and engaged in consultations.”

Fellow Tameside resident Amanda Howard said: “I shall definitely be there. Very interested to hear what will be done about maintaining falling crime figures (or so we are told) with so few officers.”

For further information or to express your interest in attending the event visit or call 0161 604 7711.

Picture courtesy of York Labour, with thanks.

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