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Just Stop Oil activists block roads to a major depot off the M25 in Essex

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Eco crowd causes chaos at Essex oil terminal: Police clear out climate activists as they block roads to large depot off M25

  • Just Stop Oil environmentalists protest this morning at an Essex oil terminal in Grays
  • They were blocking the road next to the M25 when some motorists decided to climb the pavement to get past them
  • Ten protesters from the group sat on Weston Avenue, which runs alongside the M25 next to Dartford Crossing
  • At least 12 Essex police officers arrived just minutes later and immediately began dragging protesters away

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Just Stop Oil environmentalists staged a protest near an oil terminal in Essex this morning when they blocked a road next to the M25 at Grays – when some motorists decided to take to the pavement to get past them.

Ten protesters from the group were seated on Weston Avenue, which runs along the M25 next to the Dartford Crossing to Kent. At least 12 Essex police officers arrived just minutes later and immediately began towing them away.

Retired preachers Mark Coleman of Rochdale and Sue Parfitt of Bristol, who have been a regular at environmental protests across England in recent years, were involved in the demonstrations this morning.

A driver of a Smart car was seen getting out of his vehicle to talk to the protesters – who also parked their bikes across the road – before climbing the sidewalk to pass them at the start of the morning rush hour.

The demonstration comes six weeks before the start of Just Stop Oil’s plans to block Parliament for weeks in a war over proposals to expand North Sea oil production, and those protests are set to begin October 1.

Police officers speak to Just Stop Oil protesters as they hold a demonstration on Weston Avenue near Grays in Essex today

Three police officers carry away a Just Stop Oil protester who staged a demonstration on Weston Avenue in Grays this morning

Three police officers carry away a Just Stop Oil protester who staged a demonstration on Weston Avenue in Grays this morning

Just Stop Oil protesters are removed by police this morning during a demonstration next to the M25 at Grays in Essex

Just Stop Oil protesters are removed by police this morning during a demonstration next to the M25 at Grays in Essex

Just Stop Oil protesters stage a demonstration on Weston Avenue next to the M25 at Grays in Essex this morning

Just Stop Oil protesters stage a demonstration on Weston Avenue next to the M25 at Grays in Essex this morning

Retired Reverend Sue Parfitt (left) is one of the Just Stop Oil protesters giving a demonstration at Grays in Essex this morning

Retired Reverend Sue Parfitt (left) is one of the Just Stop Oil protesters giving a demonstration at Grays in Essex this morning

A motorist climbs the curb to get past the Just Stop Oil protesters holding a demonstration today at Grays in Essex

A motorist climbs the curb to get past the Just Stop Oil protesters holding a demonstration today at Grays in Essex

Just Stop Oil claims those protests will be more extensive than the previous disruption of Extinction Rebellion and could lead to Britain’s largest-ever civil disobedience campaign.

The demonstrations are intended to challenge government plans to allow energy giants such as BP and Shell to ramp up the exploration and production of oil and gas in the North Sea.

Just Stop Oil is a coalition of groups trying to force the government to end all new licenses for the exploration, development and production of fossil fuels. It has already held major protests on highways and refineries.

The tactics are similar to those of Extinction Rebellion and Insulate Britain, whose members have caused chaos by clinging to roads and vehicles.

Just Stop Oil protesters stage a demonstration on Weston Avenue next to the M25 at Grays in Essex this morning

Just Stop Oil protesters stage a demonstration on Weston Avenue next to the M25 at Grays in Essex this morning

Retired Reverend Mark Coleman is also one of the Just Stop Oil protesters giving a demonstration at Grays in Essex this morning

Retired Reverend Mark Coleman is also one of the Just Stop Oil protesters giving a demonstration at Grays in Essex this morning

Just Stop Oil protesters stage a demonstration on Weston Avenue next to the M25 at Grays in Essex this morning

Just Stop Oil protesters stage a demonstration on Weston Avenue next to the M25 at Grays in Essex this morning

Just Stop Oil protesters stage a demonstration on Weston Avenue next to the M25 at Grays in Essex this morning

Just Stop Oil protesters stage a demonstration on Weston Avenue next to the M25 at Grays in Essex this morning

A motorist climbs the curb to get past the Just Stop Oil protesters holding a demonstration today at Grays in Essex

A motorist climbs the curb to get past the Just Stop Oil protesters holding a demonstration today at Grays in Essex

It comes as energy bosses this week called for the £1,700 increase in annual bills to be scrapped – amid warnings that inflation will hit a staggering 18 percent.

Industry leaders also called for bailouts, claiming that if the price of beer increased at the same rate as wholesale gas, a pint would cost £25.

Rising inflation is being driven by the fact that household energy costs will rise from £15 billion in a normal year to £75 billion, Octopus Energy said.

And bosses have now argued that the scale of the crisis is so staggering that it requires the kind of emergency response seen during the pandemic with a massive bailout for struggling families.

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