Oil protests result in more arrests

A further 15 people have been arrested overnight after a trespassing incident at a site in Thurrock.

Each of them have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass.

In total, we have now made 373 arrests in connection with incidents at fuel sites across the district.

At this stage, there are no active protests in Essex and all sites which have been affected over the last 12 days are clear of incident and are reporting business as usual.

Essex Police Assistant Chief Constable Glen Pavelin said: “We of course remain vigilant, and we are using a variety of policing tactics as we continue to tackle these incidents of irresponsible and dangerous trespass.

“The people who are continuing to renew what they believe to be protest are in fact simply putting their own lives at risk, as well as those of my officers their emergency service colleagues.

“The reality is each time they are taking part in these acts, it is not protest; it is reckless and it is dangerous and we cannot simply stand by as people continue to put themselves and others in harm’s way.”

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