Siege in Bonn Square comes to an end

first_imgA protester, living in a tree in Bonn Square which was due to be chopped down, was forced to leave yesterday and has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass.Gabriel Chamberlain set up his temporary “tree-house” in Bonn Square 11 days ago, but eventually left voluntarily at 11am after he ran out of food and water supplies. Last night he was in custody and it is understood that he has received some medical attention.However, his supporters still made one last-ditch attempt to save the tree by charging security fencing around the tree at around 12.30pm as the chainsaws started up. Another activist, Brian Melling, managed to climb into a council truck; he was removed but not charged.The tree was later felled, but protesters remained in the square throughout. The sycamore tree was one of four which have been cut down as part of a “face-lift” for Bonn Square. The plan is to improve CCTV surveillance and generally make the square more attractive.Activists may not have succeeded in saving this particular tree, but many maintain that they would do the same thing again if other trees were threatened.By Sian Cox-Brookerlast_img read more

Chenango County alerts of possible virus exposure at 2 bars

first_imgNORWICH, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Chenango County Health Department is alerting individuals that a person who tested positive for COVID-19 was at two establishments on July 18. HOW CONTACT TRACING WORKS Anyone who was at Park Place or Broad Street Tavern is asked by the Chenango County Health Department to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms. The health department says the infected person told them they were at Park Place Sports Bar and Grill from 9 to 11 p.m. and Broad Street Tavern from 11 p.m. to midnight on July 18. The department says the person visited these places during their infectious period. They were not infected at these establishments. Both establishments are in Norwich, N.Y. Symptoms of COVID-19 include coughing, fever and shortness of breath.last_img read more