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A protester disrupted the starting ceremony for work on the Wymondham bypass in Norfolk last week by locking himself to a digger.Transport secretary John MacGregor was prevented from digging a symbolic first sod for more than an hour as police worked to free the man.Meanwhile, other protesters from the Earth First group occupied the site and chanted slogans. Five people were arrested but were later released without charge.About 20 protesters later set up camp on the site, and vowed to lie in front of construction plant to stop contractors Alfred McAlpine and Budge carrying out the £16.5 million contract.The protests follow confrontations at Twyford Down in Hampshire, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the M11 link in London. CONSTRUCTION NEWS