A PROTEST camp which anti-roads campaigners spent more than a year preparing with tree-houses, tunnels and 'lock-ons' was inadvertently handed back to the Highways Agency in a matter of minutes this week.
Staffordshire Police went to the Greenwood camp on the route of the planned Birmingham Northern Relief Road on Thursday after being tipped off that it was virtually deserted.
Quick-thinking officers arrested one protester outside the camp for breach of bail and asked another to step outside his shelter for a chat. The unsuspecting 'eco-warrior' was then astonished to be told that the camp was vacant, allowing police to hand possession back to the Agency ahead of a planned eviction by the under sheriff and bailiffs.
A Highways Agency spokeswoman said it was 'pleased with the outcome of the police's actions' and would now concentrate on making the site safe.