Two Sheffield tree felling protesters arrested

Two protesters against Sheffield's street tree felling programme in were arrested yesterday (2 November) then later released.

Payne (left) and Crump - image: Graham Turnbull
Payne (left) and Crump - image: Graham Turnbull

The two, Simon Crump and Calvin Payne, were trying to stop the felling of a mature tree in Marden Road in the city's Nether Edge area and had breached a barrier put up by contractor Amey.

Crump later said: "We have been released 'on summons'. It's gone to CPS [Crown Prosecution Service] now for their consideration."

Another protester, Graham Turnbull, who videoed the episode, said: "They had four police cars and even sent a van to take us all away. The Inspector told his officers to 'maintain a police presence' such that even when most of us had left, some of the police still remained."

It is understood the arrests were made under the Trade Union Act 1992. Turnbull added: "It has far-reaching implications for people protesting against anything happening in their communities."

Fellow Sheffield Trees Action Group member Paul Selby added that a further 140 trees are "currently threatened" in the Nether Edge area.


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