PICTURES: Police attend Chesterfield car park after Trump-inspired protest turns sour

Hasland car park protest.
Hasland car park protest.
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Police were called this morning after a protest against the closure of a Chesterfield car park turned sour.

The car park - which has until recently served the Five Pits Trail car park on Mansfield Road - had barriers erected round it last week.

The protesters brought US and Mexican flags with them.

The protesters brought US and Mexican flags with them.

As a result, the people who use it staged a protest this morning - but were interrupted after a man took offence and tore down their flags.

Protestor, Dave Morley, said: “We’d brought an American flag and a Mexican flag with us and signs saying ‘build bridges not walls’.

“We think putting up a barrier on a well-used car park is crazy so we thought we’d protest by saying it was like Donald Trump’s wall with Mexico.

“Then a guy arrived and tore down our flags and ripped up our signs for no reason.

The protesters says the car park is perfect for them.

The protesters says the car park is perfect for them.

“After that Derbyshire County Council and three police cars arrived - they spoke to us but we weren’t doing anything wrong.

Dave says he can only assume the mystery man may have been one of the people whose complaints led to the car park’s closure.

After the barriers were erected last week, sand bags were also put down to stop people walking on to the trail at the site as well.

This has angered another car park user who says he relies on the car park due to his illness.

The police turned up in force.

The police turned up in force.

Leslie Silkstone says as a three time cancer sufferer he cannot walk too far and the woods at that spot are just the right distance from the car.

Do you used to use the car park? If so, please email me at daniel.hayes@jpress.co.uk.

Dave picks up the torn flags.

Dave picks up the torn flags.

Dave says he cannot understand why the man would have done what he did.

Dave says he cannot understand why the man would have done what he did.