Farmer protesting skyrocketing fuel costs leads 5 mph convoy crawling the A1


Andrew Spence, a veteran activist from Leadgate, County Durham, carries out disruption in Newcastle in a bid to get government to cap fuel costs

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Newcastle: Farmer leads slow car fuel protest on A1

An angry farmer is leading a 5 mph convoy on the A1 today to protest rising fuel prices.

Andrew Spence, a veteran activist from Leadgate, County Durham, is organizing the disruption in Newcastle city center in an attempt to get the government to cap fuel costs.

He is currently leading a convoy of drivers along the A1 from Gateshead to Newcastle and is hoping hundreds of vehicles will join his idle driving.

Footage from the scene appears to show dozens of bumper cars and trucks on the outermost lane of the busy main road.

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Police at the scene of the protest in Newcastle this afternoon


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The convoy heads to the Redheugh Bridge, crosses the city center and returns over the Tyne Bridge towards the Angel of the North.

Upon arrival, the event could potentially cause problems for people entering and leaving Newcastle on a traditionally busy day for buyers and those planning to attend various sporting events today, including Newcastle vs Brentford, ChronicleLive reports.

Before the protest started, he said, “I had a guy on the phone from America today, CNN, saying ‘you know the eyes of the world are on you?’ I had a guys on the phone from France, people from Spain, Holland, Germany.

The protest could potentially cause problems for people entering and leaving Newcastle


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“We are not asking for a 50% reduction in the price of fuel, we are simply asking for it to be more economically available to citizens and businesses in their daily lives.

“We want a six-month cap and the government say ‘if the price of oil goes up we cut taxes, if costs go down the tax stays high.’

“We all need to budget but for now let’s say I send a wagon tomorrow morning and put diesel at £ 1.42 on Wednesday it will be £ 1.48 and next Friday £ 1.52 .

Andrew Spence leads the convoy on the A1


“It’s heartbreaking, some of the stories I hear. A young boy called me who lives in Kielder, he’s a single parent and he has to choose whether he should pay for the oil to heat the house, the fuel. to take the children to school, or food. “

But Mr Spence promised emergency service vehicles would be allowed to pass.

He posted on Facebook: “We will do this under the auspices of Northumbria Police, the convoy will be escorted by Northumbria Police, the route has been agreed with Northumbria Police.”

The convoy is heading towards the Angel of the North


A government spokesperson said fuel prices were rising in countries around the world, not just the UK

They added: “We have provided £ 4.2bn of support to help people lower the cost of living, including by effectively reducing workers’ taxes on Universal Credit, providing £ 500m of targeted support to the most vulnerable families and freezing fuel taxes for the twelfth year in a row. “

The protest drew a mixed reaction from people on social media.

Farmer Andrew Spence


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One person posted: “Of course, at least someone is taking a stand. The prices are ridiculously high again, everyone likes to complain but this guy is taking it to the next level.”

Another campaign supporter commented: It is time for someone to take a stand against this government. The worker is being ripped off by this government. All power to that person. Well done.”

But others disagreed with Mr. Spence’s position.

Andrew and other fuel activists previously blocked roads to Newcastle during their ‘go slow’ protest in 2000


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One man wrote: “It won’t get anywhere. Maybe if they shut down London for a few days, but preventing normal people from going on with their lives is a bad idea.”

“It’s no different than the clowns of isolated Britain,” commented another.

The veteran activist became a key figure in the anti-fuel protests in September 2000, being part of the blockade of an oil terminal in Jarrow and surrounding Newcastle with vehicles.

Protests escalated for a week with demands for the government to cut fuel taxes.

Within 24 hours of the protests spreading, many garages across the UK ran out of petrol.

Garages that still had gasoline began to ration it to drivers who lined up for hours to refuel.

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