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Video: Angry crowd ambushes Havering Council leader in Upminster

The crowd ambushed Damian White this evening

Dozens of angry business owners and local residents have turned up at a library in Upminster where the leader of Havering Council was attending a residents’ surgery.

Damian White faced a barrage of questions about increases to car parking charges in the borough, which businesses say have drastically impacted on Upminster and Hornchurch town centres.

The two areas had 30 minutes’ free parking removed as part of changes which also saw prices increased across Havering.

The council says this was done to fund a £40million programme of road and pavement repairs in the borough.

The group attended the leader’s surgery at Upminster library this evening, leading to bizarre scenes as people questioned Cllr White.

Residents were also angry that the car Cllr White traveled in was allegedly parked in a disabled bay during the meeting.

A senior Havering Council officer said the space was reserved for library staff and the driver had been instructed to park there by library staff.

The car does not belong to Damian White, and he did not drive to or from the meeting.

When Cllr White went to leave the library, the mob went outside and blocked the car for more than two minutes.

Havering Council did not comment.

Tune in to Time 107.5 from 7am tomorrow to hear from people who attended the protest.

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