Special equipment brought in to help resolve Dartford Crossing protest

Mick Ferris

A special raised platform is being brought in as police consider all options to resolve the situation at the Dartford Crossing where two people have been perched high up on the QEII bridge since early on Monday.

The platform is due to arrive imminently and will allow specialists to work at height and continue meaningful engagement with the two people.

Chief Superintendent Simon Anslow said: “We are working as quickly and as safely as possible to resolve this situation.

“The two people who remain on the bridge have put themselves in considerable danger and as a result, we and our emergency services face a considerable challenge.

“Our priority is to keep our county moving, but we also have a duty of care to the two people, as well as those who may be involved in any resolution at height.”

He added: “This specialist equipment will allow specially trained officers to work at great height which gives us an advantage in resolving this situation.

“To be clear, we are not in any way anti-protest. The right to protest is enshrined in law and we will always seek to facilitate safe protest where we can.

“However, it is unacceptable for people to think they can put lives in danger and selfishly stop others going about their lives and the public rightly expect us to take action against anyone who believes they can do this – and we will.”

A contraflow is in place through the Dartford Tunnel to keep traffic moving.

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Mick Ferris

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