Five arrests made following climate protest at art gallery

The art gallery was forced to close early on Wednesday after climate protesters entered.

Five arrests made after Just Stop Oil protest at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery IStockPhoto
'Just Stop Oil' was spray painted on the gallery's walls and floor.

Five people have been arrested following a climate protest at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery.

Members of the Just Stop Oil climate protest group allegedly attached themselves to a 19th-century landscape by Horatio McCulloch called My Heart’s In The Highlands which hangs in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

They are also alleged to have sprayed the group’s logo on the walls and floor of the renowned gallery in orange paint.

Three women, aged 20, 26 and 27 have been charged, while one 31-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man were arrested in connection with a number of offences.

Police confirmed that enquiries were ongoing.

A spokeswoman for Glasgow Life confirmed on Wednesday that the gallery and museum was closed early following the protest.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 2.40pm on Wednesday, 29 June, officers were called to a report of a protest at Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery in Glasgow.

“Officers attended and engaged with those present.

“Three women aged 20, 26 and 27 years have been arrested and charged, and one woman aged 31 years along with a 24-year-old man have been arrested in connection with a number of offences.  Police enquiries are continuing.

“Police Scotland is a rights-based organisation that puts our values of integrity, fairness, respect and a commitment to upholding human rights at the heart of everything we do. This means that we will protect the rights of people who wish to peacefully protest or counter-protest, balanced against the rights of the wider community.”