Petrol supplies could be further disrupted in the West Midlands after Just Stop Oil campaigners dug a TUNNEL under a key tanker route to the BP Kingsbury terminal in Warwickshire. The tunnel was concealed by a caravan parked on the side of the road and surrounded by protesters.
The group Just Stop Oil said when police arrested members, five people remained inside the trailer working on the tunnel on Sunday. It is feared their actions could impact the fuel supply in the Midlands.
Meanwhile, Warwickshire Police said 29 arrests were made over the weekend in connection with ongoing protest activity at Kingsbury Oil Terminal. The UK-wide protests have worsened problems with fuel shortages at the pump for motorists.
Those arrested this weekend in Warwickshire were arrested for offenses including criminal damage, conspiracy to cause criminal damage and conspiracy to commit a public nuisance. This brings the total number of arrests to 180 since protest activity began on April 1.
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No reported fuel shortages at reported stations
Petrol and diesel are available at Birmingham stations despite protesters building a tunnel they say could disrupt supplies. Just Stop Oil supporters have dug a tunnel under a key tanker route to the BP Kingsbury terminal in Warwickshire.
The tunnel was concealed by a modified trailer parked by the side of the road. But so far, no shortages have been reported online. They staged action at several other depots in Hertfordshire and Essex on their tenth day of action.
On Saturday, members of Extinction Rebellion held a rally in central London to demand the government take action against the use of fossil fuels.
What is the scene like at Kingsbury Oil Depot?
The activists have been at Kingsbury Oil Depot for 10 days and police arrested 29 over the weekend. Despite this, they managed to build a tunnel under a key tanker route, using a caravan as a decoy.
There is a heavy police presence at the site. Earlier in the week, Essex Police said it cost £1million to take action against the group.
Where else are the protesters acting?
Just Stop Oil supporters have cut off oil supplies to oil terminals in Warwickshire, Hertfordshire and Essex. They are calling on the UK government to stop new oil and gas projects in the UK.
As well as constructing a tunnel hidden by a caravan at the Kingsbury Oil depot, at 2.30am around 40 people blocked the entrance to the Buncefield oil terminal in Hertfordshire and locked themselves down. This was followed at 6.30am by another action at Grays Inter Terminal in Thurrock where around 40 youths invaded the facility, climbed the loading bay piping and locked themselves in.
A roundup of this weekend’s arrests as activists build a tunnel
Police arrested a further 29 people over the weekend in connection with ongoing protest activity at the Kingsbury Oil Terminal in Warwickshire. Just Stop Oil activists have now built a tunnel which they say will disrupt fuel supplies.
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More footage of the occupation by activists at Kingsbury Oil Depot
Warwickshire Police arrested 29 people from the group Just Stop Oil at Kingsbury Oil Depot over the weekend. While the law enforcement operation was underway, the militants managed to build a tunnel using a caravan as a decoy.
They say the tunnel could disrupt fuel supplies in the area. We have more footage of today’s arrests.
A video showing the Reverend Tim Hughes who is with the tunnel boring machines
Just Stop Oil supporters have dug a tunnel under a key route for tankers to the BP Kingsbury terminal. Reverend Tim Hughes, 71, a retired priest from Swindon, said:“I’m here because our government is useless, they make a lot of noise but they don’t do anything.
“As a priest, I have a duty to take care of people, and also of creation. What I’m doing here, with everyone in this caravan, is what our government should be doing – that’s that is, trying to protect our families and loved ones from the dreadful future that lies before us.
“Hopefully we can continue what we are doing and stop the flow of oil, if the government doesn’t.”
Police are trying to contain activists while minimizing disruption to the site and the local community
Deputy Chief Constable Ben Smith said: ‘It’s been another busy weekend for the force as protesters continue to target the Kingsbury site. Following illegal protest activities, another 29 people were arrested and taken into custody.
“This weekend’s protest activity was limited to the Piccadilly Way area and caused little disruption to the wider community or to the operations of the oil terminal. While we always recognize and respect the public’s right to protest peacefully, we will take action against anyone who breaks the law or causes a significant impact on the local community.
“Finally, I would like to thank the public for their continued patience and reassurance that we continue to do everything we can to minimize disruption to both the local community.”
Police make mass arrests but activists still manage to build a tunnel
Warwickshire Police have made 29 arrests in connection with ongoing protest activity at Kingsbury Oil Terminal over the weekend. But activists have still managed to build a tunnel which they say will disrupt fuel supplies.
Those arrested over the weekend were arrested for offenses including criminal damage, conspiracy to cause criminal damage and conspiracy to commit a public nuisance. The total number of arrests to 180 since the start of protest activities on April 1.
The public will continue to see an increased police presence around the site over the next few days.