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Councillor arrested at Extinction Rebellion protest

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Speen's Steve Masters one of over 500 detained in London

A West Berkshire councillor has been arrested at an Extinction Rebellion protest in London.

Green Party member Steve Masters – who represents the Speen ward – was detained on Monday.

He has subsequently been released.

Mr Masters said: “I would like to thank all the well wishes I have received since Monday evening.

“My thoughts go out to the many people who remain out on the streets and to those around the world who are already feeling the effects of the climate emergency.

“I was arrested on a peaceful protest and have been released without conditions while the police decide what to do.

“I hope you’ll understand that I’m not able to make any comment on this until the police have decided what further action, if any, they intend to take.”

More than 500 protesters were arrested over the first two days of the protest this week, which seeks to spur more robust government action on climate change.

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