Swampy could be buried alive: HS2 eco-warriors are risking their lives with heavy rain and sleet meaning their Euston tunnel could collapse, rescue expert says
- ‘HS2 Rebellion’ group camped in tunnels beneath Euston Square in London
- Swampy accuses bailiffs of assault in video: ‘His foot landed on my head!’
- Expert warns Swampy could be ‘buried alive’ after ‘liquid mud’ rushed in
- Ground is ‘unstable’ and bad weather could cause more danger, HS2 Ltd says
- Cherry pickers arrive to tackle protesters’ elevated structures and treehouses
Heavy rain and sleet could cause tunnels beneath Euston in London to collapse and endanger HS2 activists living in the underground passages, a rescue expert has warned.
It follows ‘liquid mud’ pouring in on Friday, amid fears the green activists – including veteran eco-warrior Swampy – could be ‘buried alive’ in the tunnel.
Cherry pickers arrived this afternoon to dismantle ramshackle tree houses built by the activists.
Exclusive video for MailOnline also shows Swampy complaining that a bailiff is stepping on his arm in the grim tunnel.
The veteran activist, 48, whose real name is Daniel Hooper, came out of retirement during the pandemic to oppose the £98billion rail link.
Heavy rain and sleet could cause tunnels beneath Euston in London to collapse and endanger HS2 activists living in the underground passages, a rescue expert has warned. Trespassers on the site include veteran eco-warrior Swampy (above, on Friday). Today more footage surfaced of him in a stand-off with a bailiff
Cherry pickers arrived this afternoon to dismantle ramshackle tree houses built by the activists. HS2 (High Speed 2) is a plan to construct a new high-speed rail linking London, West Midlands, Leeds and Manchester
The protesters are members of a group calling itself ‘HS2 Rebellion,’ echoing the left-wing ‘Extinction Rebellion’ protests which brought London to a standstill last year
He has been underground with Dr Larch Maxey, 48, Scott ‘Scotty’ Breen, 47, and Lazer and Blue Sandford, 20 and 18, for several days.
In the video, he looks gaunt, lies uncomfortably on his back, and says: ‘You need to move out of here. You’re doing this to deprive us of sleep and you know it.
‘What’s your game? Why are you stood here?’
Another protester blasts: ‘You’ve completely invaded our space without any warning. You’ve assaulted him. You’re now continuing that.’
As the tense stand-off continues, he accuses the bailiff of laughing and adds: ‘What are you doing and why? You can’t answer a simple question.’
Police begin evicting the so-called ‘Tree Protector Camp’ in order to press ahead with the development of the area which is part of the £98billion high-speed railway link
Officials deployed cherry pickers to access the protesters, who are situated in the trees above Euston Square in central London
The environmental campaigners claim the small green space near the Euston station will be built over with a temporary taxi rank before being sold to developers
Swampy speaks up again, addressing a different worker: ‘Why is your guy stood down here on my arm? And his foot landed on my head!’
‘[The bailiff] jumped down on us without us wearing any protective equipment, which we’ve been asking for, with you working above our heads,’ Swampy also alleges.
Around the same time the video surfaced on Saturday, the men were warned ‘they are putting themselves in even greater danger’ by not leaving as weather conditions worsen.
This follows warnings from rescue specialist Peter Faulding, reported in The Times, that bailiffs risk burying the HS2 activists alive in tunnels
The protesters are members of a group calling itself ‘HS2 Rebellion,’ echoing the left-wing ‘Extinction Rebellion’ protests which brought London to a standstill last year.
The pair have constructed the tunnels under Euston Square Gardens, aimed at blocking the construction of Britain’s new high speed rail link.
The groups claims the small green space near the Euston station will be built over with a temporary taxi rank before being sold to developers.
An eco warrior activist (centre) raises his fist as enforcement agents monitor a protest camp which has been constructed from litter and wooden pallets
Police stand guard as the shanty town constructed by the eco-warriors begins to be removed by enforcement officers
HS2 Ltd said in a statement on Saturday: ‘In the past 24 hours the weather conditions have worsened and further heavy rain and sleet is forecast, which could lead to the tunnel becoming even more unstable.
‘We are concerned that the occupants of the tunnel are now impeding efforts to help them, shutting themselves off underground, and preventing us from checking air quality as we supply them with air.’
They added: ‘As carbon dioxide can build up in the tunnel, they are putting themselves in even greater danger.’
The company also called on the campaigners to leave as the heavy rain seen this weekend is expected to continue.
Construction workers have been attempting to continuing with their jobs – but one expert claimed the protesters could be buried alive
On Saturday, cherry pickers were at the Euston site as evictions continued – this time focusing on the scaffolding structure erected by campaigners.
On Friday, the protesters said ‘liquid mud’ was pouring into the tunnel system.
In a video issued by HS2 Rebellion on Friday, Swampy said: ‘There was liquid mud coming through the wall last night, the rain stopped and we informed them (bailiffs) of this problem.
‘They said they were going to pump the water out, the rain has now stopped and loads more liquid mud is coming down now.
HS2 (High Speed 2) is a plan to construct a new high-speed rail linking London, West Midlands, Leeds and Manchester.
The line is to be built in a ‘Y’ configuration. London will be on the bottom of the ‘Y’, Birmingham at the centre, Leeds at the top right and Manchester at the top left.
Work on Phase One began in 2017 and the government plans envisage the line being operational by 2026.
Sizeable crowds were pictured near the protest site today raising questions about coronavirus regulations and social distancing
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