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Eco-warriors land taxpayers £170m bill over their disruptive protests

ECO warriors have landed the taxpayer with a bill in excess of £170million.

The sum includes £122million for managing the war they are fighting on the HS2 rail link.

Eco-warriors have cost taxpayers more than £170m

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Eco-warriors have cost taxpayers more than £170mCredit: Jack Hill/The Times

Meanwhile, Extinction Rebellion protests – which blocked roads and bridges in London – have cost police more than £50million.

And Insulate Britain road closure protests, which are being monitored by more than 6,650 Met officers, have cost £4.3million.

The £122million bill was unveiled this week by HS2 boss Mark Thurston, who appeared before MPs on the Public Accounts Committee.

Developers had to buy land around the proposed rail line to protect excavators from tunneling activists like Swampy, real name Daniel Hooper.

Mr Thurston said the protests are expected to cost “in the region of £150m to £200m when we are done”.

Tory MP Brendan Clarke-Smith slapped the protesters.

He said: “First they complain about cars, then they want to stop people from using public transport.

“It’s not just the disruption, it’s the appalling amount of taxpayer money they’re wasting.”

https://www.the-sun.com/news/5388764/eco-warriors-taxpayer-170-million/ Eco-warriors land taxpayers £170m bill over their disruptive protests

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