• Tue. May 21st, 2024

Just Stop Oil protesters have blocked service stations and smashed petrol pumps across London this morning.

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 have broken display glass and covered pumps with spray paint before sitting down ‘to await arrest’.

Pumps have been decommissioned after Just Stop Oil say 51 campaigners flocked to service stations.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: ‘Police were called at 06:29am on Friday, 29 August to reports of protestors damaging pumps at a petrol station in Talgarth Road, Hammersmith.

‘Officered attended and within approximately 10 minutes had arrested four men and one woman on suspicion of criminal damage. They remain in custody at a west London police station.

‘Enquiries are ongoing.’

Today’s action was timed to coincide with the announcement by Ofgem of an increase in electricity bills for October.

The energy price cap will rocket to £3,549 on October 1, a move which will pile cost of living pressure on families.

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

‘Yet the government is allowing energy companies to drive us into poverty with skyrocketing energy bills, and is failing to protect us from the consequences of climate collapse.

‘Enough is enough.’

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

Jade Calland, 29, from Lancashire, is also taking action today.

He said: ‘Today we are resisting the government’s plans to allow more oil and gas.

‘We want to stop the misery forced on millions by rising energy bills, food poverty, poorly insulated housing and a society run for the benefit of the fossil fuel companies and the rich.’

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 route used by tankers driving between the ring road and the Navigator oil terminal in Grays, Essex.

Footage showed protesters climbing over a tall iron fence along the nearby InterTerminals facility while security staff with a guard dog tried to intercept them

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

The group has also claimed to have dug tunnels underneath roads outside each facility.