Run­way protest at Heathrow

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NINE peo­ple were ar­rested af­ter de­mon­stra­tors stormed the north run­way at Heathrow at 3.45am on Mon­day.

Mem­bers of the anti-air­port ex­pan­sion group Plane Stupid staged a sit-in by chain­ing them­selves to ob­jects, re­sult­ing in de­lays and flight can­cel­la­tions.

Ella Gil­bert, one of the ac­tivists on the run­way, said: “Build­ing more run­ways goes against ev­ery­thing we’re be­ing told by sci­en­tists and ex­perts on cli­mate change.

“This would mas­sively in­crease car­bon emis­sions ex­actly when we need to mas­sively re­duce them, that’s why we’re here.

“No ifs, no buts, no third run­way. And we mean it,”

She said protesters are not say­ing “ev­ery­body who wants to fly is a bad per­son” but blamed fre­quent fliers who the group blames for fuelling ex­pan­sion.

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice said: “There were 13 protesters in to­tal on the north run­way. Nine were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of Avi­a­tion Act of­fences and taken into cus­tody. The re­main­ing protesters were moved to a safe area.”

Heathrow said it would work closely with po­lice to en­sure the safety of pas­sen­gers, em­ploy­ees and protesters.

SIT IN: A pro­tester chains her­self to the run­way at Heathrow

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