Cheshire Constabulary is aware that High Court officials are attending a local protest site in Duttons Lane, Upton to carry out an eviction process.
Previously, an order of possession had been served by High Court Enforcement Officers on the site. The Enforcement Officers have now been instructed to enforce the writ on behalf of the court, and Cheshire police officers are monitoring the situation and ensuring public safety.
Over the past few weeks, police liaison officers have been speaking to the protestors. Officers have also met with local residents and residents groups listening to their concerns, and officers have worked with the local community to minimise any impact in the Upton area. Local beat officers will continue to be available throughout the operation to address any issues raised by the local community.
The law provides for the right to peaceful protest, but also for the right for everyone to go about their daily business and the role of the police is to balance all lawful rights.
Over the period that the land has been occupied by the protesters, structures, tunnels and fortifications have appeared on the site which means the eviction process may be protracted. Police are on standby should they need to intervene where necessary.
Depending on events at the location Duttons Lane may have to be closed to allow this process to take place. If this is the case the public are thanked for their patience during this time.
UPDATE 7.20pm (12/1/16)
Following the issuing of a high court writ at the protest camp on Duttons Lane in Upton, near Chester High Court Enforcement officers have now removed all the protestors from the protest camp.
Officers have worked with the local community to minimise any impact in the Upton area and local beat officers continue to address any issues being raised by the local community.
Over the period that the land has been occupied by the protesters, structures, tunnels and fortifications have appeared on the site which has made the eviction process difficult.
Duttons Lane will remain closed overnight and Cheshire police have now closed Acres Lane to vehicles to ensure the safety of members of the public who are using the road to access Duttons Lane.
Police Officers will keep a visible presence at the location overnight and High Court Enforcement Officers will remain on the site. Nobody was injured or taken to hospital during the eviction, and currently 20-30 people remain on Dutton Lane protesting.
Cheshire Constabulary would like to thank local people for their patience today and will continue to do what is necessary to minimise disruption to local residents and balance the lawful rights of people who want to peaceful protest, with the rights of those who need to go about their daily business which includes the High Court Enforcement Officers.