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Police probe after bike ‘damaged’ by car at XR protest

XR Critical Mass, June 14, on the streets of Cambridge. Picture: Tom Dorrington
XR Critical Mass, June 14, on the streets of Cambridge. Picture: Tom Dorrington

Police are investigating an incident in which a bicycle was allegedly damaged by a car during an Extinction Rebellion protest in Cambridge.

The climate change movement were undertaking a ‘Critical Mass’ cycling protest last Friday (June 14), filling East Road with cyclists.

A collision on East Road near the Tesco Express store was reported to police on Friday evening.

A spokesperson for the Cambridgeshire force said: “Police were called on Friday (June 14) at 6.43pm to reports of a collision on East Road, Cambridge, in which a car had reportedly driven over a bicycle before driving away. There were no reported injuries.

“Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident 440 of June 14.”

Officers are appealing for anyone who saw the incident to get in touch with them.

It is the first time that there has been a collision between Extinction Rebellion (XR) campaigners and a vehicle in Cambridge.

On Saturday, another XR University demonstration took place outside Trinity College. The college lawn, which is home to the famed Newton Tree, was occupied for three hours by XR supporters, protesting about investments in companies involved in oil and gas exploration, production and refinement. Trinity College, according to a Varsity report, has £9.1million invested in companies involved in oil and gas exploration, production, and refinement - the largest amount of the 45 Oxbridge colleges that responded to Varsity and Cherwell Freedom of Information requests. Seven Cambridge colleges have holdings totalling £20.7million in such companies, it was revealed. Some colleges - such as Clare - have commenced divesting. A grace - motion - urging divestment was signed by 324 academics, which campaigners said represented one of the largest totals in the university’s history.

The tree - from which the current tree is descended - was made famous when Issac Newton sat under it. The story - which may be apocryphal - goes that when the apple landed on his head, it triggered Newton to come up with the law of gravity.

A school strike is due to take place in Cambridge on Friday (June 21).

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