Dozens of Just Stop Oil activists arrested on suspicion of planning to disrupt airports

Twenty-seven Just Stop Oil supporters have been arrested across London, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Devon, Essex, Manchester, Surrey, Sussex, Norfolk and West Yorkshire on suspicion of planning to disrupt airports this summer, the Metropolitan police have said.

Scotland Yard said that on Tuesday four people were arrested after being identified at Gatwick airport and had been released on bail. It said that on Thursday a further six people were arrested at an east London community centre “as part of a publicly advertised event promoting airport disruption”.

“Among those held were several high-profile members of Just Stop Oil who we believe to be key organisers,” the force said.

On Friday, Met officers worked with eight other police forces to arrest 17 suspects at their homes across the country.

Ch Supt Ian Howells, who led the operation, said: “We know Just Stop Oil are planning to disrupt airports across the country this summer, which is why we have taken swift and robust action now. Our stance is very clear that anyone who compromises the safety and security of airports in London can expect a strong response from officers or security staff.

“Airports are complex operating environments which is why we are working closely with them, agencies and other partners on this operation.”

More details soon …

The Guardian