Lorry protest hits London

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Scores of protesting lorry drivers today brought traffic to a halt around one of London's busiest junctions. The chaos came as the lorries were halted by police as they tried to head for Parliament Square, which officers maintained the drivers would not be alowed to enter. Driver Stephen Micalles from Harlesden in North London, said the power of the mobile phone and fax had facilitated the action. "We met at 6am at Greenford roundabout on the A40 and left at 6.30," he said. "Drivers from the M4 and more from East London are coming along soon." Mr Micalles added that the convoy had received support from members of the public. "People in Holland Park were coming out of their homes and giving us a thumbs up - but it is a shame car drivers could not show support." Police said the protest had so far been amicable and seemed to have the considerable public support, except for a few who were directly affected by the convoy. Meanwhile convoys were out on main roads in North Yorkshire and around Manchgester,

Scores of protesting lorry drivers today brought traffic to a halt around one of London's busiest junctions. The chaos came as the lorries were halted by police as they tried to head for Parliament Square, which officers maintained the drivers would not be alowed to enter. Driver Stephen Micalles from Harlesden in North London, said the power of the mobile phone and fax had facilitated the action. "We met at 6am at Greenford roundabout on the A40 and left at 6.30," he said. "Drivers from the M4 and more from East London are coming along soon." Mr Micalles added that the convoy had received support from members of the public. "People in Holland Park were coming out of their homes and giving us a thumbs up - but it is a shame car drivers could not show support." Police said the protest had so far been amicable and seemed to have the considerable public support, except for a few who were directly affected by the convoy. Meanwhile convoys were out on main roads in North Yorkshire and around Manchgester, but delays were slighter than normal because fuel shortages have reduced other traffic.

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