Anti-HS2 protesters met with bailiffs in 100ft network of Euston tunnels | UK News

Anti-HS2 protesters have been met with bailiffs in tunnels dug close to Euston station in London.

Environmental campaigners have dug an underground network beneath Euston Sq. Gardens to guard the inexperienced house which they declare will likely be constructed over with a brief taxi rank earlier than being offered to builders as half of plans for the high-speed railway.

HS2 Ltd has urged the 9 protesters, who’ve spent the previous eight nights in the tunnels, to depart “for their very own security”, with efforts ongoing to evict them.

One of the activists, Dr Larch Maxey, mentioned bailiffs had dug a parallel “down shaft” over the previous few days and had related it to the protesters’ one, which is alleged to be 100ft (30m) lengthy.

Undated handout video grab issued by HS2 Rebellion of a protesters removing earth during the construction of a 100ft tunnel network dug in secret under Euston Square Gardens in central London, which they claim is at risk from the HS2 line development. Issue date: Tuesday January 26, 2021.
Undated handout video seize issued by HS2 Riot of a protester contained in the 100ft tunnel network

He mentioned the bailiffs had begun “drilling” to take away one environmental campaigner, referred to as Lazer Sandford, from a “lock-on” on the backside of the down shaft.

A bailiff could possibly be heard saying that they’d try and get him out of the gadget by digging round it.

Dr Maxey described the lock on as a steel “arm tube” that was buried in concrete in the bottom.

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HS2 protesters occupy timber in Euston

He mentioned he was “involved” about Mr Sandford getting drained by way of the night time, however would “hold an eye fixed” on him.

The bailiff mentioned Mr Sandford had been given security goggles, masks, ear safety and supplied a hearth blanket for mud.

“I’ll provide you with about 5 minutes or so, simply to digest what’s occurring, if anyone tries to intervene with our works, we are going to push your arms away or no matter,” the bailiff mentioned.

He additionally requested Mr Sandford to tell him if he wished to launch himself voluntarily.

Dr Maxey mentioned bailiffs had paused in their efforts to take away Mr Sandford from the lock-on to place in place security measures to take away water pooling round it.

“It is being finished safely thus far, so we’ll attempt to hold it that means,” he mentioned.

HS2 Riot, an alliance of teams and people campaigning in opposition to HS2, has referred to as on the federal government to scrap the “costly, unpopular and damaging” scheme “earlier than it’s too late”.

They argued for a Nationwide Residents Meeting to “paved the way out of the local weather and ecological emergency”.

Police officers wearing climbing equipment move in to the encampment in Euston Square Gardens in central London, where HS2 Rebellion protesters have built a 100ft tunnel network, which they are ready to occupy, after claiming the garden is at risk from the HS2 line development. Picture date: Wednesday January 27, 2021.
Law enforcement officials final month sporting climbing tools transfer into the encampment in Euston Sq. Gardens

Earlier this week, a Excessive Courtroom choose rejected a authorized bid to halt efforts to evict the 9 activists from the tunnels.

An utility introduced by Dr Maxey for an injunction requiring HS2 and others to stop operations was refused by Mr Justice Robin Knowles.

HS2 Ltd has mentioned it has “authorized possession” of the land and repeatedly urged protesters to depart “for their very own security” earlier than they’re eliminated by Excessive Courtroom enforcement officers.

A spokesman mentioned: “After 72 hours Dr Maxey nonetheless hasn’t complied with the court docket judgment ordering him to offer data on the tunnels and occupants and, crucially, to exit the tunnel.

“HS2 continues to do all we will to finish this unlawful motion shortly and safely.”