Bailiffs move in to the encampment in Euston Square Gardens in central London, where HS2 Rebellion protesters have built a 100ft tunnel network (Picture: PA)
Anti-HS2 campaigners say four people have managed to occupy underground tunnels in central London this morning as bailiffs moved in to evict a protest camp.
Protestors named ‘Larch, Scotty and Blue’, as well as another unnamed male, entered the network of tunnels in Euston Square Gardens and say they are prepared to stay for many weeks.
The so-called ‘tree protectors’ have been living in tree-houses, tents and pallet homes in the park, immediately outside Euston train station, since August 2020.
They say the gardens are at risk from the train line’s development and will be built over with a temporary taxi rank before being sold off to developers.
Yesterday, HS2 Rebellion revealed campaigners have been secretly constructing an elaborate tunnel network underground over the past few months.
Tunnellers have worked ‘around the clock’ using pickaxes, shovels and buckets to create the network, code-named Calvin, the group said.
With the help of local residents, spoil from digging has been used to ‘fortify the barricades’ at the network’s entrance and insulate the ‘pallet fortress’ to keep tunnellers warm as they sleep between shifts.
Bailiffs from the National Eviction Team moved onto the site in the early hours of this morning.
Police officers watch a woman standing on top of a lorry blocking the traffic near to the encampment in Euston Square Gardens in central London (Picture: PA)
Agents carrying oxygen tanks and specialist police climbing teams were pictured on the site. The Met say its officers are there to prevent any potential breach of the peace.
Protestors claim the eviction, in a time of national lockdown, is ‘dangerous, illegal and unnecessary.’
A spokeswoman for HS2 Ltd said previously that it could not comment on the specifics of protesters’ activities as it was yet to take possession of the land, but said ‘illegal’ actions could be a danger to people’s safety.
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