An anti-HS2 protester who assaulted two security guards at a woodland site that inspired author Roald Dahl has been ordered to pay compensation to his victims.

Ross Monaghan, 38, whose address was given in court as Jones Hill Wood in Wendover, assaulted two HS2 security guards and damaged fences at the ancient woodland site between November last year and February this year.

Jones Hill Wood has been the subject of treetop protests by anti-HS2 activists against the destruction of the woodland which inspired Great Missenden children's author Roald Dahl to write Fantastic Mr Fox.

After a day-long trial at High Wycombe Magistrates' Court on July 26, Monaghan was found guilty of two counts of assault and four counts of criminal damage.

He was ordered to pay £775 in costs and £50 to each of the guards he assaulted.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: “Monaghan has been sentenced accordingly in High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court for breaking the law while attending anti-HS2 protests in Jones Hill Wood in Wendover.

“Monaghan, and any member of the public, all have the right to protest and demonstrate peacefully and within the law. Police only become involved in such protests if individuals break the law.

“If this happens, police will take action as necessary and bring people to court, if they act unlawfully.

“Thames Valley Police will continue to facilitate the rights of the public to protest and demonstrate peacefully, alongside the rights of HS2 to conduct their lawful business.”