GMP Tameside South have claimed on their Facebook page that the vehicles are over here for "Training purposes" so that in June this year police from the mainland can go to Ulster to help guard the G8 summit with a knowledge of the vehicles they will be using.
This may well be true. but I find it hard to believe that the PSNI needs help from hastily trained UK plods in riot control. Rather the opposite, experienced Ulster "peelers" imparting their knowledge to UK bobbies who were less-than-successful in quelling the unrest in August 2011.
Training for what?