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Further arrests as tree protests continue in Sheffield

Protests over tree felling in Sheffield are continuing Credit: ITV News

A further two people have been arrested in Sheffield as tree protests continue across the city.

The arrests were made at the site of tree-work on Rivelin Valley Road, as campaigners tried to stop the felling of trees set to be chopped down as part of a controversial council contract.

  • One man, aged 48 was arrested on suspicion of obstructing the highway, under the Highways Act 1980.
  • A second man, aged 47, was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated harassment, under Section 4a of the Public Order Act 1986.
  • One man, aged 65, was reported on summons under section 303 of the Highways Act 1980.

South Yorkshire Police issued the following statement:

Earlier today, due to the peaceful nature of the protests, police resources were withdrawn from the site. However, only a short time later, a breach of the designated safety zone temporarily stopped work, and a number of people were observed gathering on the road.

Due to the breach, and safety concerns associated with people standing on a live highway, a number of officers were sent back to the site, until the tree-work had completed.

– South Yorkshire Police



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