More arrests as oil protests continue in Thurrock

Police have now arrested a total of 155 people on suspicion of a variety of offences following protests in the Thurrock district over the past few days.

63 people were arrested on Friday, April 1, 57 people were arrested on Saturday and a further 35 people have been arrested today, Sunday April 3.

The protestors from the group Just Stop Oil are demanding the UK stops new oil and gas projects.

Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Nolan said: “The operational and logistical challenges my officers have faced in the last 48 hours have been exceptional.

“We continue to work today with our key partners to bring these protests to a swift and safe conclusion, and to minimise community impact.

“A priority has been to reopen the sites disrupted by these protests, and I am pleased with the progress we are making.

“I want to once again be clear: policing is not anti-protest, but we must intervene where there is a risk to life or where laws are being broken, and we will do so.”


Mick Ferris

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