Rochdale 'freedom fighter' destroys road block plant pots in pro-car protest

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A ‘freedom fighter’ gang have set fire to a low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) road block in protest against the controversial scheme.

The Rochdale vigilantes torched the planter boxes, which are designed to reduce traffic on residential roads, just hours after they were installed last week.

Footage shows them up in flames as a fire engine attended the scene on Thursday.

Cars were also seen driving onto the pavement to get past the blockades.

Mohammed Yousuf, who runs Auto Shop in Rochdale, uploaded the video to Facebook and said many residents had raised concerns with him.

‘Most of the community were aware of it being introduced but they weren’t aware how many would be closed at once,’ he told MailOnline.

‘Why block everything all at once? It added on at least half a mile for a lot of people’s journeys which must have angered some members of the community.

‘I told the local councillor Shahid the (anger) would only get worse and the police and fire service would have to be involved again.’

Another unnamed resident said: ‘I think setting fire to it was too far and dangerous. I can understand why there was concern, I don’t think a lot of people knew roads were going to be closed.

‘But something does need to be done about the amount of cars around here, it’s a nightmare.’ 

The incident has forced council bosses to halt the trial while they consider ‘next steps’.

‘The damage has now been cleared by the council and the active travel trial has been paused while we consider our next steps.’ 

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