Civil engineer shuts Dartford Crossing in Just Stop Oil protest

One of the demonstrators is a “bridge design engineer from London”.

Morgan Trowland, 39, said: “As a professional civil engineer, each year as I renew my registration, I commit to acting within our code of ethics, which requires me to safeguard human life and welfare and the environment.

“Our government has enacted suicidal laws to accelerate oil production: killing human life and destroying our environment.

“I can’t challenge this madness in my desk job, designing bridges, so I’m taking direct action, occupying the QE2 bridge until the government stops all new oil.”

Trowland was accompanied by a 33-year-old teacher from London known only as Marcus.

Trowland has been arrested several times following Extinction Rebellion protests.

Essex Police said: “Our officers are continuing to work to resolve the issue on the Dartford Crossing after two people climbed up onto high cables early this morning.

“The QEII bridge is closed to allow us to resolve the situation as safely as possible and a diversion is in place through the tunnel.

“This is a complex operation due to the height at which the protestors are currently situated and it may take some but we are working as quickly as possible.

“We want to be clear – our priority is to keep people safe and keep Essex moving.

“We will take action against anyone who puts life in danger or things they can selfishly stop others getting to work or getting on with their lives.

“We appreciate your patience and understanding and will keep you updated through the day.”

 

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