Man arrested on suspicion of obstructing Sheffield tree felling works

A man has been arrested at the site of a tree felling protest in Sheffield today.

Thursday, 15th March 2018, 2:49 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th March 2018, 2:55 pm
Kenwood Road, Sheffield. Picture: Google

The 47-year-old was arrested on suspicion of wilful obstruction of a highway in Kenwood Road, Nether Edge.

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"However, as workers attempted to exit the site, one vehicle was unable to leave for around 45 minutes, due to pedestrians in the road.

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"As such, one person was arrested under the Highways Act 1980."

READ MORE: Dad-of-three died from single stab wound in Sheffield attackThe fight for Sheffield’s trees has its roots in a £2 billion private finance initiative deal signed by the Labour-run council in 2012.

The contractor Amey is tasked with maintaining the city’s 36, 000 roadside trees as part of the Streets Ahead road maintenance agreement.

READ MORE: House raided as part of police probe into Sheffield murderCampaigners claim healthy trees are being unnecessarily destroyed but the council says the work is required to remove diseased, damaged or dangerous trees.