Climate change protesters have blocked four of London’s busiest bridges on the first day of the Easter bank holiday after comrades Just Stop Oil earlier raided three depots with one activist ‘hauled off’ a fuel tanker by a furious driver.
Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion activists were on Waterloo, Blackfriars, Lambeth and Westminster bridges, calling for an end to new fossil fuel investments.
Demonstrators playing bongos and waving banners reading ‘end fossil fuels now’ and ‘love in action’ were pictured facing queues of traffic headed by double-decker buses.
The Metropolitan Police said they were attempting to control the disruption.
However, photos showed three officers sitting on the back of a police van while watching the eco-mob.
The force said: ‘We are aware of a number of demonstrations happening today. We are seeing pockets of protest which are causing delays and disruption across central London. A policing operation is in place and officers are on scene and working to manage the impact.’
Earlier, activists who have infiltrated an oil plant near Birmingham vowed ‘we’ll be here as long as we can’ after climbing on top of the facility as part of a series of dawn protests.
Eco-zealots from Just Stop Oil have managed to climb on top of a loading bay at Kingsbury Terminal in Warwickshire after gaining access to the facility in the early hours of this morning.
Members of the group – who aim to put pressure on the Government to block new oil and gas projects in the UK – have also climbed on top of an oil tanker at Gray’s Terminal in Essex and have targeted the nearby Navigator Terminal in Thurrock.
Warwickshire Police say they have already arrested 12 activists from the group, while Essex Police say they have charged 12 people following protests in Thurrock. Despite the police crackdown, today one member of the group said they and six others are still inside the Kingsbury Terminal.
In a video, posted on the Just Stop Oil Twitter account, one activist said: ‘In the early hours of this morning seven of us climbed up in amongst the pipes of the loading bay, blocking the terminal.
‘We intend to stay here as long as we can, or until the Government decides to stop all new oil and gas projects.’
It comes as tempers today flared between lorry drivers and activists at one protest, with one haulier seen appearing to yank an activist off a tanker.
Dramatic pictures show the moment an activist hits the concrete after appearing to be grabbed by the irate lorry driver and falling 3ft backwards during a protest outside the Grays Inter Terminals in Essex this morning.
Several oil firms have secured civil injunctions aimed at stopping environmental protesters from targeting their fuel processing sites.
A number of key operators including Navigator Thames, ExxonMobil and Valero gained their injunctions in the last few days, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said on Friday.
Valero Energy had obtained a High Court injunction against a number of environmental groups and ‘persons unknown’ earlier this week following recent protests at the Kingsbury terminal.
It bans anyone from damaging any part of the land at each of the firm’s sites, from ‘affixing themselves to any other person or object’ on the land or parts of access roads, and from building any structure.
Demonstrators take part in Extinction Rebellion protest on Westminster Bridge in London this afternoon, one of four protests
Police speak with activists from the climate change protest group Extinction Rebellion (XR) as they block Blackfriars Bridge in London
The Metropolitan Police said they were attempting to control the disruption. However, photos showed three officers sitting on the back of a police van while watching the eco-mob
A Met Police statement said: ‘A policing operation is in place and officers are on scene and working to manage the impact’
Earlier, flared between lorry drivers and eco-zealots blocking an oil terminal, with a lorry driver seen appearing to yank an activist off a tanker and to the ground
Dramatic pictures show the moment the activist hits the concrete after appearing to be grabbed by the irate lorry driver during a protest outside the Grays Inter Terminals in Thurrock, Essex this morning
Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion activists were on Waterloo, Blackfriars, Lambeth and Westminster (pictured) bridges, calling for an end to new fossil fuel investments
Demonstrators playing bongos and waving banners reading ‘end fossil fuels now’ and ‘love in action’ were pictured facing queues of traffic headed by double-decker buses
Eco-zealots from Just Stop Oil have managed to climb on top of a loading bay at Kingsbury Terminal in Warwickshire after gaining access to the facility in the early hours of this morning
An activist from Just Stop Oil is carried away by police officers after blocking an entrance to a fuel terminal during a protest in Grays, Essex
Police officers stand nearby as activists from Just Stop Oil sit in front and on top of a fuel tanker during a protest at a roundabout in Grays, Essex
The green activists claim production has been halted at Kingsbury Oil Terminal, near Birmingham , this morning after activists gained access to the site. The group have also blocked access to Grays Inter Terminals. The group, along with Extinction Rebellion (XR), have targeted oil sites across the country across April
Police officers stand nearby as activists from Just Stop Oil sit on top of a fuel tanker during a protest at a roundabout in Grays, Essex
Activists from the Just Stop Oil campaign group stand on top of an oil tanker at Stoneness Roundabout in Grays Essex
Protestors holding a banner saying ‘Just Stop Oil’ as they sit on top of a fuel tanker during a protest in Grays, Essex today
A police officer walks nearby as activists from Just Stop Oil sit on top of a fuel tanker during a protest in Grays, Essex
Police use cranes to remove Just Stop Oil activists sitting on top of a fuel tanker in Grays, Essex, today
Police gather as activists from Just Stop Oil blocks an entrance to a fuel terminal during a protest in Grays, Essex
Meanwhile, video posted on the group’s Twitter page shows one activist ‘tanker surfing’ – standing on top of an oil tanker – near to the nearby Navigator terminals
The green activists claim production has been halted at Kingsbury Oil Terminal, near Birmingham, this morning after activists gained access to the site
The recently imposed injunctions aim to prevent protest activity at oil sites across the UK.
Energy Minister Greg Hands said: ‘While we value the right to peaceful protest, it is crucial that these do not cause disruption to people’s everyday lives.
‘That’s why I’m pleased to see oil companies taking action to secure injunctions at their sites, working with local police forces to arrest those who break the law and ensure deliveries of fuel can continue as normal.
Essex Police Assistant Chief Constable Glen Pavelin said: ‘It is anticipated the road network will be busy today and in the coming days, as people travel and spend time with family and friends during the Bank Holiday weekend.
‘Our dedicated officers will continue to work across the weekend to keep Essex moving, keep people safe and minimise disruption to the public.
‘We also continue to work closely with our colleagues at the Crown Prosecution Service to secure charges where possible.
‘As demonstrated this week, if you come to Essex and engage in disruptive and dangerous protest, we will arrest you.’
Asked about the if police had taken any action against the trucker, a spokesperson added: ‘We are aware of footage showing a lorry driver removing a protestor from a tanker.
‘No one has been arrested and our enquiries are ongoing. We aim to bring these protests to a safe and swift conclusion.’
The latest protests come after eco-zealots from the group glued themselves to the top of a fuel tanker lorry on one of London‘s busiest roundabouts yesterday.
The protest happened in Chiswick, west London, just after 8am ahead of a busy weekend for travel for Easter.
It comes after one firm, Valero Energy, was granted an injunction against a number of environmental groups and ‘persons unknown’ earlier this week following recent protests at the Kingsbury terminal.
It bans anyone from damaging any part of the land at each of the firm’s sites, from ‘affixing themselves to any other person or object’ on the land or parts of access roads, and from building any structure. Valero also owns and operates sites in Manchester, Cardiff, Plymouth and Avonmouth.
Yesterday, in Chiswick, eco-protestors struck again when they glued themselves to the top of a an oil tanker. The Eddie Stobart vehicle was effectively hijacked as four people sat on top stuck to it.
They surrounded the lorry before disabling the controls and clambering onto it and gluing themselves on.
Colleague Cameron Ford – last previously seen as an Insulate Britain spokesman – openly mocked the police officers who were just feet away from the ground.
It was only after four hour that a crane had to be used to removed them and bring them down.
Ford had posted a video where he had declared: ‘Welcome to Black Planet, with me your host David Attenborough Jnr Jnr.
‘Here we have the strange homosapiens that wear the yellow jackets and the black jackets and they follow the orders knowing full well that the orders that they’re given will ultimately kill everything they love.
‘Instead they continue to protect the cans of black death and the fossil fuels demands because they just love money so goddamn much.
An activist from Just Stop Oil is carried away by police officers after blocking an entrance to a fuel terminal during a protest in Grays, Essex
Police are seen here carrying away a Just Stop Oil activist after the group began blocking the entrance to a fuel terminal in Grays, Essex this morning
Police surround activists from the Just Stop Oil campaign group as they try to block the entrance to the Inter Terminal oil storage depot in Grays
An activist from Just Stop Oil lies on the ground to block an entrance to a fuel terminal during a protest in Grays, Essex
Activists from Just Stop Oil climb a tanker during a protest in Grays, Essex, this morning, as the eco-warriors continued their month of action
Activists from Just Stop Oil sit on a tanker during a protest in Grays, Essex, this morning. The group have launched protests in Essex and Birmingham
Police officers intervene as activists from Just Stop Oil block an entrance to a fuel terminal during a protest in Grays, Essex
An activist from Just Stop Oil blocks an entrance to a fuel terminal during a protest in Grays, Essex, while sitting on a makeshift high-chair
An activist from Just Stop Oil is detained by police officers after blocking an entrance to a fuel terminal during a protest in Grays, Essex
Police lead away a Just Stop Oil activist after the group launched a fresh protest in Grays, Essex this morning
Activists from Just Stop Oil block an entrance to a fuel terminal during a protest in Grays, Essex. The group set up a make-shift high-chair at the site
Members of the group sat in front of the entrance to a fuel terminal in Grays, Essex, today as they continued their month of action
The activists from Just Stop Oil also jumped on top of a tanker and unfurled a banner with the words Just Stop Oil
Eco-zealots had earlier halted the vehicle by standing in front of it and waving orange jackets with the logo for Just Stop Oil on
An activist lies on the ground to block an entrance to a fuel terminal during a protest in Grays, Essex
‘We hope one day these strange homosapiens will realise they are actually f****** everything up including their own lives and they will turn around to the government and say ‘No more, no more’.’
Police at the scene appeared to be completely unaware they were being humiliated by the person in front of them.
Hounslow Police tweeted: Road closures are currently in place at the Chiswick Roundabout.
‘Diversions are in place. Please avoid the area if possible.’
Yesterday dozens of Extinction Rebellion activists glued their hands to the London HQ of Shell while hundreds marched on Buckingham Palace.
Video shared by XR showed two activists with their hands down on a reception desk with the logo of oil giant Shell visible in the background. Other pictures show three people holding XR signs saying: ‘Insiders wanted’.
Sharing the footage on their Twitter page, XR said: ‘Ordinary people have glued to the reception Shell HQ in London as protestors fill the lobby and surround the building.’
A police officer tries to unglue the hand of a demonstrator on top of a fuel tank truck, during a protest of Just Stop Oil
Police officers remove a demonstrator during a protest of Just Stop Oil, at thr roundabout in west London
The Just Stop Oil protest at Chiswick roundabout hot rush hour and is causing traffic chaos
Activists from Extinction Rebellion at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Pictures show three people holding a sign saying: ‘Insiders wanted’, at the reception of Shell HQ building in London today
In the video, one of the protestors says: ‘We are here to talk to HR, because we feel like there is not much point in talking to people at a corporation like this because those people clearly have not got any idea what is going on.’
A security guard then arrives and asks if they have glued themselves to the desk, with the protestor replying: ‘We have, yes.’
Outside, one hundred people from XR held up a placard with the name of an individual Shell employee and the words ‘Please Join Us’, while activists also handed out flyers to staff urging them to ‘switch to the right side of history, before Shell turns toxic on your CV’.
Another group positioned a fireman’s trampoline below the office windows bearing the message: ‘Jump Ship’.
While the protests took place in and outside the Shell building, another group who said they were scientists, superglued themselves to an entrance of the nearby Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as they continue to call for immediate action on climate change.
Hundreds of demonstrators also walked along Constitution Hill towards the Queen’s official London residence – although she is currently living at Windsor Castle – waving flags and holding a large banner saying: ‘End fossil fuels now’.
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David Attenborough Jnr Jnr is Extinction Rebellion and Insulate Britain activist who went on TWO epic globetrotting trips of 12,000 miles in Canada and Europe
The Just Stop Oil protester who calls himself David Attenborough Jnr Jnr is Extinction Rebellion and Insulate Britain activist Cameron Ford.
He was photographed on his 31st birthday being dragged away from blocking the M25 last year – one of several such protests he had joined, frustrating tens of thousands of drivers.
MailOnline revealed that in the two years before his activism Ford has indulged himself not once but twice in lengthy trips abroad.
When approached about his travels Ford admitted he was a hypocrite but was unrepentant about his protests.
Cameron Ford, 31, is a regular on the Insulate Britain protests that have blocked the M25, causing fury and mayhem for drivers
Ford has been named as one of the most persistent protesters in the spate of blockages of major motorways last year
He went on a 10,000 mile four month trip across the Atlantic and around Canada – then just months later on a 2,000 mile plus jaunt across much of Europe in an old diesel van.
The fossil fuels burned and the resulting carbon emissions generated by Ford’s two trips would have been more than double the entire annual carbon footprint a single person in many countries produces in an entire year.
Yet no sooner had he returned from the second trip than he was lecturing others.
Ford has embarked on two big trips in two years with one driving his old diesel Citroen van from Cambridgeshire to Poland
The Buddhist and his female friend drove hundreds of miles in the old van despite its carbon emissions pumped into the air
His incredible carbon-busting holiday marathon began in the autumn of 2019 as Ford embarked on a four month jaunt across Canada which involved a round trip of 8,500 miles in flights alone.
He then travelled extensively around Canada for 120 days, posting occasional updates of him having fun in Edmonton, ice swimming in a lake in Alberta, and later sledging in British Columbia. These are just the locations he posted about but they alone mean he must have travelled at least 1,500 miles within Canada too on top of his flights – taking the entire distance travelled over 10,000 miles.
And regularly while he was enjoying this trip of a lifetime, despite its negative effects on the environment, Ford – apparently oblivious to the contradiction – was also regularly posting content promoting Extinction Rebellion and its twin pressure group Insulate Britain.
He took this trip despite research published just weeks before he embarked showing that just a single long-haul flight generates more carbon emissions than an average person in many poorer countries consumes in a whole year.
The globetrotting eco-warrior enjoyed an ice bathing experience on his Canada tour in which he flew across the Atlantic
Ford has tried to portray himself as a serious campaigner but sometimes he seems to fall short
He finally returned to the UK in January 2020 but had only been back a matter of days when he began planning his next international trip – again apparently oblivious to the personal contributions to global warming this would inevitably cause.
On January 15 he was asking advice about what van to buy for his next trip. It’s not clear what he went on to spend but by August he had clearly not only bought a van but driven it many thousands of miles around continental Europe.
In an album he entitled ‘From Whittlesford to Warsaw’ on August 29 he posted 25 pictures showing himself and a female companion cavorting around a series of exotic locations during the previous weeks visibly enjoying themselves at each.
The direct trip between the two places would involve a round trip of well over 1,500 miles driving – and it’s plain that Ford took many pleasure-driven deviations. This means he would have generated at least 380kilos of carbon.
Perhaps he used a modern low-emission vehicle? No – quite the contrary. The same ‘lovely little van’ he used for the trip, a diesel-powered Citroen, he then offered for sale in January this year by which – no doubt boosted by Ford’s penchant for globe-trotting – it had an astonishing 145,000 miles on the clock.
Once back in England Ford then saw no contradiction in stopping other motorists – most of whom would have been driving much shorter distances with more compelling reasons than he just had – being able to move around.