A top cop has warned Just Stop Oil protesters to stay away from Kingsbury – or face arrest. Assistant Chief Constable Dave Gardner, of Warwickshire Police, has made it clear the force is not messing around when it comes to ‘acting outside of the law’.
It comes after more than a dozen activists were taken into custody today (April 26) at Kingsbury Oil Terminal. One person resisting arrest was dragged away by officers.
Activists on the ground told BirminghamLive they had wrote to Boris Johnson asking the Government to halt all future licensing and consent for the exploration, development and production of fossil fuels in the UK.
Positioning themselves on the floor outside the oil terminal, the group said they want to see a change in policy. They added Kingsbury was targeted due to being the largest inland oil storage depot in the country.
This evening, Mr Gardner urged protesters not to return. He said: “The High Court injunction remains in place. I would strongly advise against people coming to Kingsbury to conduct any protest activity.
“Although the force respects the right to a peaceful protest, we will always take action against anyone found to be acting outside of the law. If you’re believed to be in breach of the order, officers will arrest you and you will be taken into police custody until appearing before the courts.”
The police chief added that a “number of arrests” were made this morning. He said: “Our priority continues to be to minimise any disruption to the community and the local road networks, while ensuring the terminal can go about its day-to-day operational activity.
“I would like to thank the local community for their continued patience. It remains a challenging time, but we are working in conjunction with our partners to minimise any disruption.” A heightened police presence will remain in the area.