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Activists take to trees and tunnels to resist Bexhill to Hastings road protest eviction
2:40pm Tuesday 29th January 2013 in News
Link road protesters resisted eviction yesterday by hiding in tunnels and up trees.
Bailiffs and specialist climbing teams moved in to remove the final few activists campaigning against the controversial £94 million Bexhill to Hastings road.
Flanked by police officers, they made a move on the activists’ position at first light.
Tunneller Simon ‘Sitting Bull’ William Medhurst, broke his bail conditions to climb one the trees where he remained last night.
Meanwhile, singer Chrissie Hynde’s daughter, Natalie, was said to be at the heart of the action, keeping the bailiffs away from trees at ground level.
A spokesman for the Combe Haven Defenders said: “They didn’t appear to make a great deal of progress so |we are regarding it as a success.
Secured “All those who started in the trees this morning are still in the trees.
“Our understanding is that they will start again in the morning and so we have to be ready.”
In the trees
Bailiffs last night erected a fence around the camp with guards taking it in turn to make sure nobody re-entered the perimeter.
Between ten and 20 activists were secured to the branches with others believed to be down tunnels.
Speaking from the top of a tree, Mr William Medhurst, said: “It was all kicking off.
“There were a large number of bailiffs but we managed to stay out of trouble.
“We can’t let them destroy these beautiful trees. We have to hold on.”
Protesters have been camped at various places on the site of the planned road since the middle of December.
East Sussex County Council officials last week estimated that the action had put the project back by up to a year, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Protesters received a boost on Sunday when six of the country’s most influential environmental leaders visited the camp to show their support.
The heads of Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, The Wildlife Trusts and the Campaign for Better Transport joined senior colleagues from the RSPB and Campaign to Protect Rural England.
However, leader of the council Peter Jones, said their intervention was too late adding that they are a “threat to democracy” and should “shove off”.
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