Three arrested after Thurrock protesters finally leave tunnel

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Three men have been arrested in connection with disruption in Thurrock after leaving a tunnel under St Clements Way this afternoon.

The arrested men are currently in custody having been arrested on suspicion of causing a public nuisance and criminal damage.
Police have confirmed that the tunnel is now empty.

A cordon will be in place overnight and work to fill the remaining tunnel will commence shortly.

Chief Superintendent Simon Anslow said: “I’m pleased this situation has now been concluded.

“Over the course of the last fortnight we have made more than 60 arrests and worked hard with our partners to keep disruption to our local community and businesses to a minimum and keep Essex moving.

“This work has required a huge amount of resources and has diverted officers from other duties such as the prevention and investigation of burglary, robbery, sexual, and violent crime.

“We are not anti-protest but will take action where the law is broken or people’s safety is put at risk.

“I want to thank all those involved in helping to resolve this situation and the businesses and organisations impacted for the patience and understanding.”

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