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Jeremy Corbyn’s house targeted as protesters vow disruption will continue

The Labour leader’s home became the focus for activists on the third day of demonstrations across the capital.

Climate activists who have glued themselves together sit outside Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s house in north London.
Climate activists who have glued themselves together sit outside Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s house in north London.

Environmental protesters have vowed the disruption in London will continue for weeks as activists chained themselves to Jeremy Corbyn’s garden fence.

The Labour leader’s home in north London became the latest target on the third day of climate change demonstrations across the capital.

Two men and two women from the Extinction Rebellion (XR) group used a bike lock to attach themselves to a fence and glued their hands together outside the house on Wednesday.

They said they all support Mr Corbyn but want the Labour Party to go further than declaring a “climate emergency”.

As they left, one protester, Tracee Williams, 55, said: “We just really felt we had to bring it to his front door.”

A total of 340 people had been arrested by 5pm on Wednesday after protests in Parliament Square, Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Circus and Marble Arch this week.

Scotland Yard could not confirm whether or not anyone had been charged with any criminal offences.

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Climate activists who have glued themselves together outside Jeremy Corbyn’s house (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Campaigners said the cells in the capital are full and “operating on a one-in, one-out capacity”, while some of those being released from custody have rejoined the protests.

The Metropolitan Police said: “Our custody suites are not full and we are continuing to arrest those who are breaking the law.”

The force added those continuing to demonstrate in areas where a restriction is in place face prosecution.

Parliament Square, Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge are all subject to a condition that protesters should only demonstrate at Marble Arch.

Activists said they plan to continue their roadblocks, which have affected more than half a million people with road closures, traffic gridlock and disruption to transport and businesses since Monday, until at least next Friday.

Spokeswoman Jayne Forbes told the Press Association: “We would obviously look to go on for two weeks and if we can go on longer then even better.

“It depends on the rebels.”

“We have got quite a lot of people committed to do it for the whole two weeks.”

Robin Boardman-Pattison, 21, who earlier walked off during an interview with Sky News, said activists are planning to step up action on the rail and London Underground network.

“We will be escalating our disruption throughout the week,” he told PA.

“The impact to the Tube system will grow.”

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Climate activists on top of a DLR train (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

The British Transport Police (BTP) arrested two men and a woman on suspicion of obstructing the railway after activists clambered aboard the carriage of a train at Canary Wharf station on Wednesday morning.

A smartly dressed man and woman glued their hands to the roof before being removed and taken away in a police van.

XR, who are demanding a meeting with the Government, says direct action is needed to force authorities to act urgently on climate change and wildlife declines and halt a “sixth mass extinction”.

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A protester being picked up by police (@ExtinctionR/PA)

TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham joined protesters at Oxford Circus, saying: “I believe the world’s leaders are not acting urgently enough to avert a climate catastrophe.

“As long as it is peaceful and democratic then they can count on my support.”

A YouGov poll of 3561 UK adults suggested public opinion has swung against the protests, while some Londoners hit out at the group’s “seriously flawed” methods.

The survey results show 52%  either “somewhat oppose” or “strongly oppose” the action, compared to 36% who “strongly support” or “somewhat support” it.

Music student Anouska Stahlmann, 20, said her ill mother and elderly grandparents had to walk part of their journey because of the risk of getting stuck in a tunnel while on the Tube.

“I have no issue with wanting to better the environment and we’re fairly conscious of it as a family,” she said.

“Their methods, however, are seriously flawed and are not inclusive of people who want to support the cause.

“I find it awful they’re disintegrating into a rent-a-mob mentality really.

“I’d expect better.”

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