More than 200 arrested as Just Stop Oil protests enter third day

Essex Police said 63 arrests were made on Friday, 57 on Saturday and a further 35 on Sunday, while Warwickshire police have also made 54 arrests

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More than 200 people have been arrested as Just Stop Oil activists continue to cause chaos at oil terminals across the UK.

The protests entered a third day on Sunday as activists continue to demand the Government stops new oil and gas projects.

Warwickshire Police said the force has made 54 arrests for offences including criminal damage, obstructing the highway and public order in relation to the ongoing protest at Kingsbury Oil Terminal.

Assistant Chief Constable Ben Smith said: “We fully acknowledge every person’s right to engage in lawful protest; however, when that protest becomes unlawful and disproportionate in nature, we will act to protect the rights of others.

“Due to the nature and scale of the policing operation, a large number of officers have been deployed over the last two days.

“Although policing services have been effectively maintained across the rest of the county, I am hopeful the situation can be brought to a swift conclusion so my officers can return to protecting the communities of Warwickshire.”

Police officers from the Protester Removal Team work to free a Just Stop Oil activist
Police officers from the Protester Removal Team work to free a Just Stop Oil activist
Activists from Just Stop Oil take part in a blockade at the Kingsbury Oil Terminal
Activists from Just Stop Oil take part in a blockade at the Kingsbury Oil Terminal

Essex Police said 63 arrests were made on Friday, 57 on Saturday and a further 35 on Sunday, for a variety of offences.

Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Nolan said: “The operational and logistical challenges my officers have faced in the last 48 hours have been exceptional.

“We continue to work today with our key partners to bring these protests to a swift and safe conclusion, and to minimise community impact.

“A priority has been to reopen the sites disrupted by these protests, and I am pleased with the progress we are making.

“I want to once again be clear: policing is not anti-protest, but we must intervene where there is a risk to life or where laws are being broken, and we will do so.”

London’s Metropolitan Police arrested 14 activists who broke into a facility at Bedfont Road in Staines, Surrey, and West Midlands Police arrested six people at a terminal in Tyburn, Birmingham.

Hampshire Police said a number of protests took place on Friday at Hythe Terminal in New Road, Hythe and at BP in Hamble Lane and Copse Lane, where officers made four arrests.

Two people were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass while two others were held on suspicion of aggravated trespass and failing to comply with conditions.