BREAKING: Two more tree protesters arrested in Sheffield garden

Two more tree protesters have been arrested in Sheffileld this morning - this time for refusing to leave a front garden.

Wednesday, 8th February 2017, 10:08 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th February 2017, 11:47 am
Police arrest two trees protestors for demonstrating on private land in Chippinghouse Road, Nether Edge (from Facebook Live video by Graham Turnbull, of STAG)

Two women were reportedly arrested in a front garden in Chippinghouse Road, Nether Edge, this morning, close to where workers from council contractor Amey were trying to fell a tree.

Police had asked them to move as officers said their presence was preventing work from being carried out safely.

Simon Crump, from the campaign group STAG (Sheffield Tree Action Groups), said these arrests were significant because it is the first time during the saga that people have been arrested for demonstrating on private land.

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He said the women who were detained had been given written permission by the property owner to be on the land.

This morning's drama brings the number of people arrested over tree protests in Sheffield to 14.

Nine of those are facing charges under the Trade Union act for attempting to prevent work taking place.