Tensions high at Buckinghamshire protest camp in woodland along proposed HS2 route

Video report by ITV News Meridian's Juliette Fletcher


Tensions remain high at a protest camp in Buckinghamshire, set up to protect woodland along the proposed HS2 rail route.

Police were called to the site in Wendover at the weekend after it was claimed environmental activists were attempting to breach security fencing and throwing objects. 

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A number of protestors have been evicted from the camp over the past couple of weeks as work continues to build the railway.

It is believed a handful of protestors remain barricaded in tunnels underground.

A 15m high tower has to be taken down in order to reach access to the tunnel.

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Campaigner Mark Keir said: "It's about protecting the trees, it's about protecting habitats.

"Wherever they [HS2] come across AONBs or wildlife sites, they should be avoiding them where possible, or tunnelling under. Wherever they come across urban areas, they should be tunnelling under. None of this has been done."

A spokesperson for HS2 said: "HS2 has a legal right to possession of this land which is needed for the safe construction of the railway. Furthermore the Court has reinforced the unlawfulness of the trespassers’ actions and ordered them to leave the site.

"In the last 24 hours additional activists have appeared near the site, attempting to breach our security fencing, assaulting our staff and throwing projectiles. 

Police have had to attend the site as a result. Their irresponsible actions are wasting public money, putting our staff at risk and putting unnecessary strain on the emergency services."

Campaigners say they weren't throwing projectiles, but that some supplies were being thrown in for their fellow campaigners.