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Protesters to continue roads fight

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THE ARREST of two anti-roads protesters at the Stoke Hammond to Linslade bypass has not deterred campaigners who resumed demonstrations this week.

Buckinghamshire Council temporarily halted work on police advice following the arrest of campaigners Rebecca Lush and Victoria Harvey, who handcuffed themselves to a digger.

Fitzpatrick is hoping to get preliminary works under way and tree-felling contractor Homegrown Timber is also waiting to be given the nod.

But the problems may have only just begun.Reports suggest campaigners have begun to build a tree house on a field they believe the contractors will use as a compound.

The council said the protests would not have an adverse affect on tenders.Costain, Morgan Est, Alfred McAlpine, Balfour Beatty, and Birse are preparing documents for next week. A council spokeswoman said: 'We have designed the contract so that contractors will not be put off. Additional costs from protests will come out of the national taxpayers' pockets.'

Ms Lush was released on bail until tomorrow (Friday), when she will plead not guilty to obstructing a lawful activity.

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