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Man arrested in connection with 12-car protest held at Babergh District Council leader's home over parking charges

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Police have confirmed a man has been arrested in connection with a demonstration over parking changes planned for Babergh which saw a group of vehicles gather at council leader John Ward’s home on Wednesday.

Officers were called to Mr Ward’s Boxford home after reports that around 12 vehicles had gathered there, honking horns and attempting to find Mr Ward who was not at home at the time.

On Thursday, Suffolk Constabulary confirmed that a man in his 50s had been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence and was released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Cllr John Ward
Cllr John Ward

Mr Ward’s daughter, Eleanor, who was at home on her own when the group arrived supplied a list of vehicle registration numbers to officers, while mobile phone footage taken by neighbours has also been collected by investigating officers.

The demonstration was over planned changes to Babergh District Council’s short-term parking arrangements which will see most of its car parks reduce free parking from three hours to 30 minutes from July 2021.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Suffolk police on 101 quoting crime reference number 37/75184/20.

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