However the murderous councillors were left with egg on their faces when it emerged that there was nobody in the trees to evict. The protestors had retreated under the cover of darkness as a surprise tactic against the council, who had already paid for police, balliffs, security and climbers.
Nothing was to be gained by fighting a pitched battle on this day. These trees were doomed but the road is far from built and the battle goes on.
Local protestors were on the verge to show their opposition to the destruction. There were no arrests, but the trees are gone and a bit of us has gone with them.
Unlike the trees we are free to fight another day.