Anti-oil drilling protester arrested for ‘chaining’ himself to truck in Brockham
Three anti-oil drilling protesters have been arrested after one man reportedly chained himself to an HGV near to the proposed oil drilling site in Brockham. Surrey Police were called to Old School Lane just after 7am on Monday (January 9) after reports that protesters were blocking the road as a convoy of lorries moved towards the proposed drilling site. One man reportedly climbed onto one of the vehicles and chained himself to it before later being arrested.
READ MORE: Police searching for ‘vulnerable’ missing Tadworth man John Gillam Two women were also arrested at the same location on suspicion of willfully obstructing separate large vehicles. All three remain in police custody.
Protesters have set up “protection camps” in both Brockham and Leith Hill in recent months in an effort to prevent drilling for fossil fuels at the two locations. No drilling is currently underway at either site but both are currently going through the Surrey County Council planning process. Earlier today “protectors” have called for help on their two Facebook pages “Leith Hill Protection Camp” and “Brockham Protection Camp” after reportedly seeing up to ten lorries approaching the Brockham site.
READ MORE: Effingham shopkeeper left ‘very shaken’ after robbery at newsagents On the Leith Hill Protection Camp page Kim Tee said: “Callout for support on the ground at Brockham Protection Camp now please. “There is currently a lock-on, with two arrests, after ten lorries arrived in convoy.
Work is starting with a vengeance and has implications for us all.
“Anyone near enough please try to get there, to slow walk lorries or to be an observer please, to hold witness, take photos, to make any sort of protest you wish, in the road or from the verge.”
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