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Councillor arrested at Extinction Rebellion protest

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

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Councillor arrested at Extinction Rebellion protest

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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  • Grumpy

    11/10/2019 - 15:03

    What an idiot, lock him up and throw away the key

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  • NoisyNortherner

    10/10/2019 - 15:03

    The actions of Steve and the others protesting should be applauded, not stigmatised. They are rightly standing up for the most important issue facing the world at the moment. The governments and companies of the world won't change quickly enough if business as usual continues. Disruption is required for anything meaningful to happen.

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    • NewburyLad

      11/10/2019 - 07:07

      Picking low hanging fruit. If they were concerned they would be concentrating on the countries that do cause the damage to the planet, the likes of China etc. However they aren't. So, no, they should not be applauded for doing something that is actually causing MORE pollution in this country (the lorries stuck in jams using more fuel, the planes held up at airports having to take on extra fuel because of delays etc). They are doing it for one reason only, it enhances and amplifies their smug, virtual signalling attitude that can be directed at their loyal band of sheep that follow them.

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  • NewburyLad

    10/10/2019 - 13:01

    It seems this person is not fit to be a councillor in our area. What can be done to get him removed?

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    • DavidHameron

      11/10/2019 - 07:07

      Yeah I mean what sort of lowlife actually stands up for what they believe in? Disgusting.

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      • NewburyLad

        11/10/2019 - 07:07

        I believe in leaving the EU but I bet you won't support me or the majority of voters who also want to leave as we stand up for what WE believe in. Funny that, lefties can be very selective when it's *their* action they want to defend...

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        • NoisyNortherner

          11/10/2019 - 08:08

          What the hell are you talking about? He didn't say you had to agree with him or what he believes. Quit it with victim complex already.

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        • NewburyLad

          11/10/2019 - 09:09

          Pretty crystal clear nn if you follow the thread.

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    • Newbn00b

      10/10/2019 - 20:08

      Probably vote for someone else during the council elections, genuis

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      • NewburyLad

        11/10/2019 - 07:07

        Really? does voting actually work anymore?

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  • brunin the bear

    10/10/2019 - 12:12

    Nice to see him SO happy about it, bless.

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