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Just Stop Oil activists arrested after police issue orders to clear roads

Six Just Stop Oil protestors have been arrested after blocking roads causing traffic tailbacks in central London.

Activists from the climate group set off at 8am yesterday and blocked major roads in Islington, Marylebone and the City, walking towards each other on opposite carriageways causing long traffic queues and tailbacks.

Police issued Public Order Act (Section 12) notices and arrested six marchers at Marylebone Road before they could leave the road.

The arrests come after an infuriated passer-by was arrested by police after clashing with Just Stop Oil protestors during a march on London's Blackfriar's Bridge yesterday.

He appeared to shove one protestor to the ground and push another before police pushed him against a van to arrest him.

The van driver told TalkTV his vehicle suffered damage as the man was slammed against it, breaking his wing mirror.

"So many people were getting irate," he said. "The public are getting very frustrated with this."

The climate change group has been marching every day since 24 April "demanding an end to all new oil, gas and coal projects in the UK".

A spokesperson for the group said: "Just Stop Oil is calling on everyone to get off the sidelines and join in civil resistance against new oil, gas and coal.

"The time is now. Join us and slow march while you still can. Our indefinite campaign of civil resistance is underway and will not end until our government makes a meaningful statement halting new fossil fuel projects in the UK."

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