More arrests as anti fuel protests continue in Thurrock

In the last 24 hours police have made a further nine arrests following anti fuel protests in Thurrock.

Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Nolan said: “As the protests enter their second week, I and my colleagues, want to reiterate that we are not anti-protest.

“Anyone who attends any location and wants to conduct a peaceful protest in a public area will be allowed to do so in a responsible, respectful and meaningful way.

“But we have been dealing with people who are trespassing into restricted areas holding flammable chemicals, posing dangers to themselves and others and its totally unacceptable.

“Some people have already been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.

“Their risky behaviour cannot be allowed to take place in such critical locations which could be catastrophic if there were accidental or deliberate actions causing leakage or fire.

“We want to carry out policing activities that keep everyone safe, including people intent on protesting, and that is what we will continue to do.

“But our officers, residents, business communities and the general public need to be considered by the protesters too. This is not a one-way street.

“The impact of these protests is affecting the people of Essex, who don’t deserve to have their daily lives affected in this way and for such a protracted length of time.”

Officers remain in Thurrock where a small number of people are protesting.

Since protests began on Friday April 1, officers have made 356 arrests.

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Mick Ferris

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