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SHOCKING: Peaceful protestors detained by police after HS2 protest 

 Published on: 16th December 2019   |   By: Amelie Gregory   |   Category: Uncategorized

Some residents from Rickmansworth joined the group of non-violent, peaceful protestors on November 22, to protest against the development of HS2.

HS2 Ltd, the private limited company owned by the Government who have been tasked with delivering a new, high speed rail link between London and Birmingham, attempted to carry out “enabling works” in the Country Park in Uxbridge. 

A protestor told RickyNews: “These works directly impact this EU and UK protected habitat which is home to many protected species and fragile chalk stream ecosystems. 

“Protestors believe the revegetation of this land to be unlawful as insufficient, if any, ecological mitigation is in place.

“Ownership of the land within the valley is unclear but several compulsory purchase order possessions by HS2 Ltd have already occurred in the locality. 

“When questioned neither the Thames Valley Police or HS2 workers could confirm who has legal ownership of the arrest sites. This is pertinent in the accusation of aggravated trespass on which four members of the public were arrested.”

The Green Party Candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, Mark Keir, was also among those arrested for peacefully protesting against the works. 

It was the second time he had been arrested that week for trying to prevent pollution of the Colne Valley chalk aquifer by HS2 Ltd.

A protester with a phone live recorded all four arrests and can be heard saying behind the camera that she had just witnessed “a really aggressive unprovoked arrest which is absolutely shocking”.

Two witnesses were also detained and given a sufficient warning and handcuffed but were subsequently released.

Founder of the anti HS2 movement, Lizzy Williams, said: “We are living in a climate emergency and reckless destruction of our environment must be stopped right now.”

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