Eco-mob blockade three M25 service stations at start of rush hour: 32 Just Stop Oil activists begin sit-down protest at petrol forecourts in Cobham, Clacket Lane and Thurrock
- Eco-protesters have disrupted three separate services on the M25 after blocking fuel depots yesterday
- The action has included vandalising pumps in an effort to force the government to take action on fossil fuels
- Police have arrested nine people on suspicion of criminal damage and no fuel is currently available at the sites
Eco-protesters have blocked service stations on the M25 this morning in a bid to force the government to act now on fossil fuels.
At least 32 activists from Just Stop Oil have blocked Clacket Lane, Cobham and Thurrock services, and also claim to have disrupted petrol and diesel supplies from local depots since yesterday.
The depots affected include Navigator, Grays and Kingsbury.
Police are at the scene and have arrested nine people on suspicion of criminal damage. In a statement, Surrey Police said activists have reportedly damaged fuel pumps and glued themselves to the forecourts.
No fuel is currently available from services on both sides of Clacket Lane and Cobham.
Protesters at Cobham services have glued themselves to the petrol forecourt to block vehicles from filling up with petrol and diesel
The glued protesters were later removed from the site by specialist police officers. At least nine arrests have been made so far at the three sites
Police have been pictured at the scene attempting to move the protestors out of the road since around 6am this morning
Just Stop Oil activists blockade a filling station at Cobham services in Surrey, between junctions nine and ten of the M25
Protesters began to stage a sit-in from 5am this morning and are refusing to move as police arrive at the scene
The group has blocked the entrance to fuel stations at the service stations, starting from 5am this morning, spreading banners reading: Just Stop Oil.
In a statement on the group’s website, Adam 53, from Gloucestershire explained why he had chosen to disrupt fuel supplies today.
He said: ‘In 20 years time, when my grandchildren point out that we knew about the destruction and suffering that the climate crisis would bring, I don’t want to have to tell them that I just sat at home and worried about it.
‘I want to be able to tell them I did what I could.’
The group added: ‘This climate crisis is unfolding as the worst cost of living crisis since the 1930s hits with millions being forced into destitution as oil and grain companies make record profits and famine stalks the world.
‘Enough is Enough, the Just Stop Oil Coalition is calling on all of those whose futures are being destroyed, who are facing poverty now, and who are outraged at yet another betrayal by the continuing dependence on oil and gas, to step up and take action.’
Police have been pictured at the scene attempting to move the protestors out of the road from two of the sites in Surrey, Clacket Lane between junctions five and six, and Cobham between junctions nine and ten.
A Just Stop Oil protester appears to vandalise a petrol pump at one of the M25 protest sites this morning
No update on the third site, which is in Essex, has yet been issued.
In a statement on social media, the group said: ‘Governments around the world-including our own-are fully aware of the harmful effects of burning fossil fuels, yet are continuing to do so.
‘We are left with no other option at this time but to actively stop them. We will not stand by & watch preventable destruction.’
Surrey Police, who are responding to the Clacket Lane and Cobham sites, said: ‘We are currently in attendance at Clacket Lane & Cobham services on the M25 following reports of protestors damaging fuel pumps & gluing themselves to the forecourts.
‘Due to the damage, there is no petrol available at both stations, including both sides of Clacket Lane.
‘We appreciate the disruption this is causing and we are working as quickly as we can to remove the protesters from the service stations.
‘Three people have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. We will continue to keep you updated via our channels.’