More than 30 charged after 60-hour Just Stop Oil protest

Activists blockaded the entrance at Nustar Clydebank oil terminal on Tuesday.

More than 30 charged after 60-hour Just Stop Oil protest at Nustar Clydebank facility Just Stop Oil
Protest: More than 30 people charged following demonstration at oil terminal.

More than 30 people have been arrested and charged after climate activists blockaded an oil terminal for around 60 hours.

On Tuesday morning, protesters from the Just Stop Oil group blocked the Nustar Clydebank facility in West Dunbartonshire, climbing on top of tankers and locking themselves to the entrance.

The activists said they were taking action in a bid to urge the UK Government to end new oil and gas projects.

The protest began at around 4am. Some campaigners entered the terminal, sat on pipes and gathered on silos in a bid to halt production.

Just Stop Oil said the protesters were there for about 60 hours before the action ended on Thursday, which the group believes is the longest occupation of an oil terminal in the UK.

Police Scotland said 31 people were arrested and charged in connection with a number of offences.

The force said 15 have been charged with breach of the peace and 16 with a contravention of a section of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 which relates to trespass, and alleged malicious mischief.

Chief Superintendent Lynn Ratcliff said: “As a rights-based organisation, Police Scotland 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.”

Police said reports will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

It is the first Scottish protest since the Just Stop Oil coalition began blockading fuel terminals south of the border on April 1.

A UK Government spokesperson said: “We will not bend to the will of activists who naively want to extinguish North Sea oil and gas production.

“Doing so would put energy security and British jobs at risk, and simply increases foreign imports, whilst not reducing demand.

“We are committed to a strong North Sea industry as we transition away from expensive fossil fuels over the coming decades, and our recent British Energy Security Strategy sets out a long-term plan to ramp up cheap renewables and nuclear energy.”