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Extinction Rebellion activists have dug up the prized lawn at Cambridge University’s historic Trinity College.

The climate activists then put some of the grass and soil in wheelbarrows and dumped it in the foyer of Barclay’s Bank in Cambridge city centre. The group said they had dug up the lawn because of the college’s role in a major development in the Suffolk countryside.

They said they took action at Trinity College over what they claimed to be “The destruction of nature” at Innocence Farm. The farm was bought by Trinity in 1933 and there are plans for a logistics facility there. The group also locked themselves to an apple tree on the lawn in front of the college, which was founded by Henry VIII in 1546 and boasts a string of famous alumni, including Isaac Newton, Ernest Rutherford and Prince Charles.

Extinction Rebellion London tweeted: “Trinity College, Cambridge plans to sell farmland for a new 3,000 vehicle lorry park at the Port of Felixstowe. We must do all that we can to raise awareness, protect our green spaces and move away from infrastructure for the carbon age.”

A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire Police said officers had been to the college and spoken to staff. She said: “At this time they do not wish to make a report to police.”

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