Protesters destroy petrol pumps and block petrol stations across London

Protesters destroy petrol pumps and block petrol stations across London

Protesters destroy petrol pumps and block petrol stations across London

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Just Stop Oil protesters blocked petrol stations and destroyed petrol pumps across London this morning.

The action began at 6am today in the west and south of the city.

Some protesters have been pictured sitting in the road with banners while others block entrances.

Groups smashed display windows and covered pumps with spray paint before sitting down “awaiting arrest”.

The pumps were taken out of service after Just Stop Oil said 51 activists flocked to service stations.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: ‘Police were called at 6.29am on Friday August 29 to reports that protesters had damaged pumps at a service station in Talgarth Road, Hammersmith.’

“Officers showed up and within about 10 minutes arrested four men and one woman on suspicion of criminal damage. They remain in custody at a west London police station.

“Investigations are ongoing.”

??  Licensed by London News Pictures.  08/26/2022.  London, UK.  Acton by members of the climate campaigning group Just Stop Oil at a BP drop off spot on the A40 in Perivale, west London.  Just Stop Oil, a branch of Extinction Rebellion, has targeted petrol stations and oil refineries across the UK, calling for an end to the use of fossil fuels.  Photo credit: Ben Cawthra/LNP

Just Stop Oil at a BP filler spot on the A40 in Perivale, West London (Picture: Ben Cawthra/LNP)

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Today’s action has been timed to coincide with Ofgem’s announcement of a massive rise in electricity bills for October.

The energy price cap will skyrocket to £3,549 on October 1, a move that will increase the cost of living pressure on families.

Tez Burns, 34, a bicycle mechanic and physics graduate from Swansea, said today: ‘We are facing the worst cost of living crisis in 40 years and facing a worsening climate due to our dependence on oil.

“Yet the government allows energy companies to push us into poverty with skyrocketing energy bills, and fails to protect us from the consequences of climate collapse.”

??  Licensed by London News Pictures.  08/26/2022.  London, UK.  Acton by members of the climate campaigning group Just Stop Oil at a BP drop off spot on the A40 in Perivale, west London.  Just Stop Oil, a branch of Extinction Rebellion, has targeted petrol stations and oil refineries across the UK, calling for an end to the use of fossil fuels.  Photo credit: Ben Cawthra/LNP

Just Stop Oil, an arm of Extinction Rebellion, targets petrol stations (Photo: Ben Cawthra/LNP)

51 Just Stop Oil supporters say they blocked petrol stations and disabled pumps in central London this morning in support of their demand that the UK government halt new oil and gas projects in the UK, on August 26, 2022. The group announced that from 6am today actions took place in west and south London, affecting 7 service stations.  In some places, Just Stop Oil supporters blocked access to gas pumps by sitting in the road with banners.  Elsewhere, groups moved from station to station to disable gas pumps by smashing display glass or coating them in spray paint before sitting down to await arrest.

Protesters clashed with police early this morning (Picture: Just Stop Oil/SWNS)

‘Enough is enough.’

Just Stop Oil launched the action in support of their demand that the UK government halt new oil and gas projects in the UK.

Jade Calland, 29, from Lancashire, also acts today.

He said: “Today we are resisting government plans to allow more oil and gas.

“We want to end the misery imposed on millions of people by rising energy bills, food poverty, poorly insulated housing and a society run for the benefit of fossil fuel companies and the wealthy.”

Today’s actions will put further pressure on petrol and diesel supplies for the South East ahead of the August bank holiday weekend.

Earlier this week protesters formed a human chain along the main road used by tankers traveling between the ring road and the Navigator oil terminal in Grays, Essex.

Footage showed protesters scaling a tall iron fence along the nearby InterTerminals facility as security personnel with a guard dog attempted to intercept them

The activists had to be forcibly removed and at least 18 were arrested following the action.

The group also claimed to have dug tunnels under the roads outside each facility.

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