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Environmental protesters from Extinction Rebellion and Just Stop Oil caused mayhem for the fourth day in a row this morning as a group of 30 blockaded an oil terminal in London with two bamboo structures.

The demonstrators gathered outside the Esso West London Oil Terminal near Heathrow Airport from the early hours of today as they continued to urge the Government to ‘stop all new fossil fuel investments immediately’.

The activists, who first gathered at 4am, used two large banners which said ‘Stop Fossil Fuels Now’ and ‘Join Us: London 9th April’ – the latter referring to their planned protests starting at London’s Hyde Park from this Saturday. 

Activists have been blocking access to oil terminals over the last three days in the likes of London, Birmingham, Southampton, Grays in Essex and Tamworth in Staffordshire – with more than 200 people arrested so far.

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

In Essex, officers arrested 155 people following protests in the Thurrock district around Grays and Purfleet. The force said 63 arrests were made on Friday, 57 on Saturday and a further 35 yesterday, for a variety of offences.

The Metropolitan Police have arrested 14 activists who broke into the Esso West London Oil Terminal and West Midlands Police arrested six people at the Esso Birmingham Fuel Terminal in the Tyburn area of the city.

Hampshire Police said a number of protests took place at Hythe Terminal and at BP in Hamble Lane and Copse Lane near Southampton, and 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.

Protesters have glued on to roads, suspended on bamboo tripods and locked onto oil drums and each other. The activists from Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion want to the Government to stop new oil and gas projects.

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A group of 30 environmental activists blockade the Esso West London Oil Terminal near Heathrow Airport this morning

A group of 30 environmental activists blockade the Esso West London Oil Terminal near Heathrow Airport this morning

A group of 30 environmental activists blockade the Esso West London Oil Terminal near Heathrow Airport this morning

The demonstrators gather outside the Esso West London Oil Terminal near Heathrow Airport from 4am this morning

The demonstrators gather outside the Esso West London Oil Terminal near Heathrow Airport from 4am this morning

The demonstrators gather outside the Esso West London Oil Terminal near Heathrow Airport from 4am this morning

A group of 30 blockade the Esso West London Oil Terminal with two bamboo structures during their latest protest today

A group of 30 blockade the Esso West London Oil Terminal with two bamboo structures during their latest protest today

A group of 30 blockade the Esso West London Oil Terminal with two bamboo structures during their latest protest today

The activists in London today continue to urge the Government to 'stop all new fossil fuel investments immediately'

The activists in London today continue to urge the Government to 'stop all new fossil fuel investments immediately'

The activists in London today continue to urge the Government to ‘stop all new fossil fuel investments immediately’

The demonstrators put up signs outside the Esso West London Oil Terminal near Heathrow Airport this morning

The demonstrators put up signs outside the Esso West London Oil Terminal near Heathrow Airport this morning

The demonstrators put up signs outside the Esso West London Oil Terminal near Heathrow Airport this morning

Environmental protesters from Extinction Rebellion blockade the Esso West London Oil Terminal this morning

Environmental protesters from Extinction Rebellion blockade the Esso West London Oil Terminal this morning

Environmental protesters from Extinction Rebellion blockade the Esso West London Oil Terminal this morning

The activists in London this morning are telling the Government to 'stop all new fossil fuel investments immediately'

The activists in London this morning are telling the Government to 'stop all new fossil fuel investments immediately'

The activists in London this morning are telling the Government to ‘stop all new fossil fuel investments immediately’

A group of 30 blockade the Esso West London Oil Terminal near Heathrow Airport this morning

A group of 30 blockade the Esso West London Oil Terminal near Heathrow Airport this morning

A group of 30 blockade the Esso West London Oil Terminal near Heathrow Airport this morning

Environmental protesters from Extinction Rebellion are taking part in the action at the Esso West London Oil Terminal today

Environmental protesters from Extinction Rebellion are taking part in the action at the Esso West London Oil Terminal today

Environmental protesters from Extinction Rebellion are taking part in the action at the Esso West London Oil Terminal today

Source: Daily Mail

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