Dozens of campaigners held over alleged airport plans

Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 showing a British Airways plane parked outside the terminal building
Police said the Just Stop Oil members had been arrested under the Public Order Act [PA]

Dozens of Just Stop Oil supporters suspected of planning to disrupt airports this summer have been arrested across England.

The Metropolitan Police said 27 people were taken into custody, including some believed to be "key organisers" for the climate group.

Six arrests were made in east London, four at Gatwick airport, and the rest from forces across the country.

The force added the six who were arrested on Thursday evening at a community centre in London were there "as part of a publicly-advertised event promoting airport disruption".

The operation took place in Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Devon, Essex, Manchester, Surrey, Sussex, Norfolk and West Yorkshire, a Met spokesperson said.

The 27 were detained under the Public Order Act which makes it illegal to conspire to disrupt national infrastructure.

Four people arrested on Tuesday after being identified at Gatwick Airport and have since been released on bail.

Ch Supt Ian Howells added: “We know Just Stop Oil are planning to disrupt airports across the country this summer which is why we have taken swift and robust action now.

"Our stance is very clear that anyone who compromises the safety and security of airports in London can expect a strong response from officers or security staff.

"Airports are complex operating environments which is why we are working closely with them, agencies and other partners on this operation."

Suspects released on bail are subject to conditions which include not travelling within one kilometre of any UK airport unless passing by while on a mode of transport.

In response to the wave of arrests, a Just Stop Oil spokesman said: "It isn’t a massive surprise."

He added that disruption is necessary because people are "dropping dead around the world" from extreme heat, and "tipping points" are being passed.

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