Live updates: Day 2 Leith Hill camp eviction 

Tower constructed on the well site at Bury Hill Wood

An operation to evict a protection camp continues for a second day on land near Leith Hill in Surrey earmarked by Europa to drill for oil. Check here for updates throughout the day.

The site at Bury Hill Wood was issued planning permission in August 2015 but no work has yet been carried out. A High Court eviction order was made in January 2017.

Opponents of Europa’s plans have constructed a tower on the wellsite and dug tunnels underneath it. About 20 people are reported to be in the tunnels and locked together. Other opponents spent the night at the entrance to the site. Yesterday, bailiffs arrived at just before 5am. They said they expected the operation to take for up to three days.  Updates from Day 1.


Camp demolished

Camp, fort and tunnels demolished

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All protesters removed from site

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Daily Mail reports that specialist teams have removed all the campaigners from tunnels, tree houses and the “fort”

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Four campaigners out

Four campaigners now removed from Leith Hill camp


Eviction now underway for 36 hours

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One campaigner leaves the camp after nearly 36 hours. Photo: Dave Doktor

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Campaigner leaves Leith Hill camp. Photo: David Doktor

Reports from the scene say no arrests so far.


“Two protectors removed” – reports

Reports that two campaigners have been removed from the site.


Complaints about damage

Complaints about damage by site delivery lorries to historic banks of Coldharbour Lane made to Paul Kennedy, Mole Valley District Councillor.

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Report say scaffolding is up around the “fort” at the protection camp and the removal team are inside with cutting gear. No-one yet cut out, reports say.

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Photom used with author’s permission


Bailiffs on site

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More criticism of Forestry Commission for leasing land to Europa for oil exploration

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“Protectors are ok”

Update from opponents of drilling:

“Peaceful night at the gate opposite. Protectors inside have been visited a few times this morning and ok. A group is down there now to see them.

“Far fewer bailiffs/security/work teams today.

“Live streaming expected to start soon.”


Opposition to Forestry Commission lease of land

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Eviction now been underway for 24 hours

More DrillOrDrop details about Bury Hill Wood

23 replies »

  1. Cave digging, tunnel network, human faeces and wooden fortress??? This is not environmental protection but destruction. Where is health and safety in this so-called environment protectors??

  2. Oh well, just in time for them to get to Glastonbury! (Perhaps the bailiffs were more intelligent on their timing than they were given credit for?) Mind you as they were continuously referred to as “anti fracking protestors” I trust they have now acquired a more accurate sat. nav.

  3. Weeks and months to erect and dig out. Demolished and removed in hours. Hahahaha what a waste of life.

    Where are day three updates….. oh there are none. … Hahahaha.

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  4. I think the updates may be in the weekend press when they investigate what has been ongoing. All depends on the amount of coverage the Lions require!

  5. Hahahaha.

    Lazy wastes of space…

    From the times:

    “The protesters hoped to use the tunnels to resist attempts to throw them off the land. It seems, however, that they overslept.

    A team of specialist bailiffs armed with a High Court eviction notice arrived at the site at 5am on Wednesday expecting to find that the eco-warriors had chained themselves up deep underground — but when they arrived the tunnels were empty”

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