Police have charged more than 20 people following a protest at an HS2 site.

Stop HS2 and Extinction Rebellion campaigners halted construction at the HS2 compound in West Hyde on Friday, October 9, with protestors assembling large structures with complex lock-on devices to block entrances.

Campaigners spent nearly 10 hours at the site near Maple Cross after arriving at 7am, and some had even managed to get into the HS2 compound itself.

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Hertfordshire Constabulary says the site was cleared by 3pm.

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The force has now charged 21 people with Section 241 of the Trade Union Act, namely compelling another person to abstain from doing an act which that person had a legal right to do.

They are:

• Morgan Trowland, aged 37, of Massie Road, Hackney, London

• Janet Payne, aged 41, of Llangammarch, Powys, Wales

• Amanda Fox, aged 49, of Kilderkin Way, Norwich, Norfolk

• Anne Taylor, aged 71, of Walton Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire

• Jessica Causby, aged 24, of Longfield Avenue, Walthamstow, London

• Tam Millar, aged 57, of no fixed address

• Theresa Norton, aged 62, of Esplanade Gardens, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

• Joanne Murphy, aged 55, of Sibson Road, Greater Manchester

• Rebecca House, aged 33, of Rutland Road, South Hackney, London

• Jessica Upton, aged 59, of Chester Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire

• Marcus Decker, aged 31, of no fixed address

• Alisha Belte, aged 22, of no fixed address

• Gabriella Ditton, aged 26, of Silver Road, Norwich, Norfolk

• Samuel Nicholson, aged 34, of Woodmansterne Road, Streatham, London

• Terry Hilton, aged 36, of no fixed address

• Bethany Croarkin, aged 25, of Denham Court Drive, Denham, Buckinghamshire

• Simon Morgan, aged 30, of Ripon Road, West Green, London

• Roger Ings, aged 48, of Dore View, Dorstone, Herefordshire

• Piers Clifford, aged 58, of Spode Lane, Cowden, Kent

Two young people under 18 have also been charged in connection with the incident.

All those charged have been released on bail, with conditions including:

• Not to interfere with the workings or operations of any HS2 site.

• Not to go within 500 metres of the HS2 site in Hertfordshire.