Police call for dialogue as continuing protests in Thurrock result in more arrests

Mick Ferris

Eight people are in custody following protest activity on St Clements Way in Grays last night.

Police were called at around 8pm yesterday (August 28) following reports of a group of people obstructing the road and an oil tanker.

Officers acted quickly to remove the group. The road was temporarily closed but re-opened at around 3am this morning.

Eight people were arrested on suspicion of offences including going equipped to cause criminal damage.

Assistant Chief Constable Glen Pavelin said “Following a busy week of protest activity, our priorities remain to keep Essex moving, keep people safe and minimise the disruption to the public.

“Two tunnels on Stoneness Road and St Clements Way remain occupied. The road at St Clements Way remains partially open and Thurrock Council Highways Department is ensuring an overview of the road.

“We appreciate that this situation is incredibly frustrating for the public, but we ask drivers to check your journey before you travel in the West Thurrock area.

“We are continuing to engage with those involved in this week’s protests. The UK has seen many protests over the years, and protests which are peaceful and non-disruptive can be an effective way to provoke conversation around a specific issue or topic.

“We take the concerns of this particular protest group its members and supporters seriously and are willing to work with them so that their rights to peaceful protest can take place without members breaking the law.

“I would therefore like to extend my personal invitation to these protestors to start a conversation between us, where we can together find a balance that will allow members to exercise their rights to protest effectively, whilst also doing so within the boundaries of the law.

“The current action is dangerous and putting lives at risk. We encourage those involved to re-evaluate the action they are taking.”

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Mick Ferris

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