Police make three arrests
Staffordshire Police has confirmed that three arrests were made during today’s demonstration, which has now ended.
A spokesman said: “Officers from Staffordshire Police have been dealing with a spontaneous protest outside Walleys Quarry in Newcastle, which began at approximately 10.15am this morning (Thursday 14 April).
“Officers were on stage to balance the rights of the protestors against the rights of those affected by it, which includes minimizing the impact of disruption to local businesses, the community and the road network.”
“The force’s protest removal team attended to support colleagues at the site.
“Despite significant engagement and numerous appeals a number of protestors would not end the blockade.
“Two men, aged 19 and 42, both from Newcastle, were arrested on suspicion of willful obstruction of the highway. A 44-year-old man, also from Newcastle, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass – fail to leave land.
“They all remain in custody.”