Thursday, October 6, 2022

Police arrest over twenty protestors in Grays

POLICE officers tackling disruption in Thurrock this morning have made three further arrests. 

Officers have made a total of 23 arrests for a variety of criminal offences following reports of disruption at three locations in Thurrock this morning (Tuesday 23 August). 

The discovery of two tunnels has resulted in road closures at Saint Clements Way junction of London Road West Thurrock and at Stoneness Road at the A126 roundabout.

The closures are to allow an assessment to be made for the safety for all road users. 

Supt John Hallworth said: “We are working quickly to try to resolve the situation. We’ve already arrested 23 people for various offences.

“But we want to keep everyone safe and keep the roads moving.

“Traffic is currently being diverted, so I would ask the public to review their imminent travel plans if they want to travel around Thurrock and try to avoid the area if they can.

“I’d like to thank local drivers, workers, and business for their patience whilst we deal. 

“I want to be clear: policing is not anti-protest but we must intervene where there is a risk to life or where laws are being broken.”

We received reports from just after 6am onwards relating to people causing disruption in St Clements Way, Chafford Hundred railway station, and an industrial site at Askew Farm Lane.

“We continue our presence at a site at Askew Farm Lane where we responded to reports of people at height”.

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