World News – GB – HS2 activists find themselves in stalemate with security guards


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Protesters living in treehouses to prevent the destruction of a wooded area by the HS2 rail project clashed with police and security guards on Thursday

A line of private security guards have engaged in a confrontation with the environmentalists they are trying to expel from the site

Nearly half of the old Jones’ Hill wood near Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, is set to be demolished to make way for HS2 this fall, according to the Woodland Trust

Wood is considered the inspiration behind Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox and the author was a regular visitor

About 15 of the 40 activists occupied makeshift shacks 60 feet above the wooded ground, where Thames Valley police made three arrests

Protesters, who range from teenagers to retirees, have been battling the construction of the high-speed railroad through the woods for seven months – but eviction teams have arrived to remove them yesterday morning The gigantic railway project will see some 07 hectares of the 1Site of 8 hectares dug

Steve Masters, 50, a West Berkshire Council Green Party adviser and the longest-running protester camping in the tree canopy, said he has been sleeping in the woods every night for the past three months

The activist said he wanted his three grandchildren to «  grow up safe from the effects of climate change,  » which he said «  will not happen if projects like HS2 go forward ‘

The rail line will eventually offer high-speed links between London Euston and Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds

But following a series of setbacks and delays, the initial cost of £ 36bn has now risen to £ 106bn

HS2 said in a statement: ‘The land at Jones’ Hill Wood is legally owned by HS2 and we need secure access to begin archeology and ecology work’

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said: ‘Our role is to ensure public safety and facilitate a peaceful protest while ensuring the legal rights of HS2 Ltd to carry out its work’

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