Just Stop Oil activists pulled from road during latest protest

At total of 33 people have been arrested after activists from Just Stop Oil blocked roads across four locations in London on Saturday.

The environmental campaigners caused huge build-ups of traffic on Saturday afternoon by sitting in the middle of streets including Kensington High Street, Charing Cross Road, Kennington Park Road and Black Friars Road in what is the 29th day of the civil unrest campaign this month.

The Metropolitan Police tweeted: “Officers have removed the protesters and the roads are back open.

“A total of 33 people have been arrested and taken into custody.”

Some drivers became embroiled in spats with the activists, with some dragging them out of the road or snatching signs off them and hurling them to the floor.

One driver accelerated his truck towards them before stopping, while another mounted the road to get around them.

The protesters keep returning back into the road after being forcibly moved.

The group is continuing its month-long protests across the capital as it calls on the Government to halt all new gas and oil projects.

According to the Met, 651 people have been arrested since the group began their plan of civil unrest this month.

Assistant commissioner Matt Twist, Met Operations, said: “Actions by Just Stop Oil have caused a significant amount of disruption and frustration among the public in London.

“We will always provide a proportionate policing response to protest and try to work with organisers so that protests can go ahead safely. However, the public rightly expects us to respond quickly and effectively where protest crosses the line into criminality.

“Just Stop Oil do not engage with police in advance of their demonstrations, which means more resources are needed across the Met to respond, irrespective of whether significant action takes place or not.

“This impacts on policing resources from local communities. Since 1 October, more than 7,900 officer shifts have been needed to respond to this activity to try to keep London moving and minimise serious impact on communities.”