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Arrests made as anti-HS2 campaigners continue protest

Police have arrested anti-HS2 railway protesters involved with occupying a central London park as other activists remained in a 100-foot network of tunnels dug underground. At least three activists were handcuffed for apparently breaching coronavirus regulations at the scene in Euston Square Gardens on Thursday morning. The HS2 Rebellion campaigners, including veteran environmental activist Swampy, claim the small green space near Euston Station will be built over with a temporary taxi rank before being sold to developers as part of plans for the high-speed railway. Bailiffs from the national eviction team, a subsidiary of the High Court Enforcement (HCE) group, began evicting protesters on Wednesday and continued to take down the makeshift camp on Thursday. The HCE group said on Wednesday evening its team was adopting a “safety-led” approach to removing activists and it would “take time, careful planning and the work of skilled personnel to resolve the situation in a safe and controlled manner”. One of those evicted was also among three men arrested by police officers on Thursday morning after allegedly breaking Covid-19 restrictions.

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