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More than 100 people have once again formed a blockade in an attempt to stop live animal export lorries reaching a ship bound for Calais.

Two men from Ramsgate and Margate were arrested when the group staged the protest at Ramsgate Port last night as the second shipment of livestock in three weeks left the harbour.

Six lorries arrived at about 11.30pm and again people sat in Harbour Approach Road trying stop the lorries passing through until they were moved on by police.

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A woman sat in front of lorries carrying animal exports last night before being moved on by police
A woman sat in front of lorries carrying animal exports last night before being moved on by police

Campaigners, using similar tactics to their protest on July 20, gathered round the export vehicles shouting at drivers and banging on windows of the cabs.

Police officers cleared the way for the lorries to pass through in to the port where they were loaded on to the Joline, the ship used to transport livestock from Ramsgate.

Police spokesman Sally Smith said: "Two men have been arrested following a protest in Ramsgate on Thursday evening, August 11.

More than 100 protesters gathered in Ramsgate as seven lorries carrying live sheep came to the port
More than 100 protesters gathered in Ramsgate as seven lorries carrying live sheep came to the port

"A 47-year-old Ramsgate man was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence.

"A 60-year-old Margate man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.

"The men are in police custody awaiting interview."

Video: Watch as protesters surround lorries and sit in the road. Credit: Ian Driver

Elizabeth Teall, 19, was at the protest.

She said: "The heat coming out of the open lorries was awful so I dread to think of the conditions inside the closed trailer.

"People say it makes them ashamed to live in Thanet and nobody I know agrees with live animal exports leaving from our port.

"I hope the exports stop, but I doubt they will."

Police cleared the way for lorries to reach Ramsgate Port
Police cleared the way for lorries to reach Ramsgate Port

Former Thanet councillor and co-founder of the anti-live exports campaign Ian Driver said: "I think these protests are working because more people are attending them now.

"If we have another 100 people turn up we will be able to block the lorries.

"I think we should physically take action to stop lorries getting in.

"Change comes about by taking direct action and if it takes one or 100 years people will always protest against this type of trade.

"I would like to see a major blockade of the port and send the cruel traders on their way, this is a barbaric trade which has been taking place at Ramsgate Port for more than five years. It is evil. It cannot be justified and it should be banned.

"I would encourage anyone who cares about the welfare of animals to join our protests and stand up and be counted."

Protesters say the next shipment is expected in two weeks' time.

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