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Pensioner vows to lie in path of gravel transporting lorries which threaten Fairlop Waters' wildlife

PUBLISHED: 11:51 15 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:17 15 August 2018

Ron Jeffries at the proposed site for the gravel haul road.

Ron Jeffries at the proposed site for the gravel haul road.

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A pensioner has vowed to lie in the path of lorries which threaten to tear through Fairlop Waters country park – driving away rare species – if a planned road is built.

Ron Jeffries at the proposed site for the gravel haul road.Ron Jeffries at the proposed site for the gravel haul road.

On August 3, The Recorder reported on wildlife campaigners’ opposition to a 13m wide road for mineral transporting trucks set to snake through Fairlop Waters Local Nature Reserve - which is protected by law.

On Saturday, Ron Jeffries from the Aldborough Hatch Defence Association spoke to ITV News about the campaign.

“I will lie down in front of the first vehicle,” said Ron, a former Magistrate.

“I am prepared to be arrested and taken to court.”

Speaking to the Recorder afterwards, the 85-year-old added: “I hope it will not get to that but if it does please visit me in prison.

“I like doughnuts! Jam ones best!”

The plans, submitted by construction firm Brett Tarmac Limited, were approved by the council’s planning committee in June.

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