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Just Stop Oil activist hangs nearly 450ft above Dartford crossing in makeshift bed

Just Stop Oil protesters who have been hanging off a major bridge over the Thames for 36 hours have agreed to come down and have now been arrested.

Two activists shut down the Queen Elizabeth II bridge on the M25 as they hung over the 190-ft structure, even spending the night up there.

Travel chaos ensued for a second day today as traffic was not moving on the run up to the Dartford Crossing. There were also issues on surrounding roads around Thurrock and Dartford by Tuesday afternoon.

The two protesters, named by Just Stop Oil as Morgan and Marcus, scaled the major bridge in the early hours of Monday morning (17 October).

At around 5pm on Tuesday, the climate action group shared a Tweet saying the two activists had agreed to co-operate with police and come down from the bridge. Officers had already brought a giant cherry picker to the scene by this time.

Essex Police said in a statement that they had arrested the two protesters.

Chief Superintendent Simon Anslow said: “We cannot tolerate people carrying out activity which puts lives at risk and prevents people from going about their lives.”

Police also arrested 26 activists on Tuesday after blocking a road, some gluing themselves to it, near a tube station in west London.

It comes during Just Stop Oil’s month of action which vows to cause disruption every day in October in a call to end all new oil and gas licences.


QE2 bridge reopens

The QE2 bridge has now fully reopened so vehicles can drive across it again.

There’s still long traffic delays but queues should slowly start to ease up now the bridge has reopened.

National Highways tweeted: “The #QEIIBridge at #DartfordCrossing is now fully open.

“Long delays remain on the #M25 clockwise and anti-clockwise but these should start to ease now.”


Video of protesters descending from bridge

Just Stop Oil has now shared a video of the two protesters who spent 37 hours hanging from the QE2 bridge descending to the ground.

Activists Morgan and Marcus were lowered to safety in a “giant cherrypicker”. They were then arrested by police.

Just Stop Oil tweeted: “After a successful 37 hour occupation, Morgan and Marcus descended from Queen Elizabeth II Bridge on a giant cherrypicker, having majorly disrupted fuel deliveries from Essex to the South East of England.”


Police share photo of scene

Essex Police have shared a photo of the scene where the QE2 bridge on the M25 was closed off today due to protesters from Just Stop Oil.

Two activists spent 36 hours hanging off the bridge in protest. The bridge had to be closed off to traffic for safety reasons, causing chaos on the M25.

After scaling the bridge in the early hours of Monday morning, the protesters came down at around 5pm today. They were then arrested by police.


Police statement on arrests

Chief Superintendent Simon Anslow from Essex Police, who led the operation, said:

“We cannot tolerate people carrying out activity which puts lives at risk and prevents people from going about their lives.

“I know this has been really frustrating for the public and the disruption has negatively impacted on businesses and meant people have been late for, or missed, appointments.

“Alongside our partners, we worked hard to resolve this complex situation as quickly and safely as possible.

“Now the situation has been resolved, National Highways will make the decision about when and how the bridge can re-open.

“I want to again reiterate; we are not in any way anti-protest, and we will always seek to facilitate safe protest where we can.

“However, it is unacceptable for people to think they can put lives in danger with irresponsible actions. In this case, it is clear that we had to act, but that action had to be safe and responsible, and I want to again thank the public for their patience and understanding.”


QE2 bridge still closed

The Queen Elizabeth II bridge is still closed while it is inspected for damage to make sure it’s safe for vehicles to drive across again.

It’s National Highways’ responsibility to decide when the bridge can reopen to traffic.

Currently it’s still closed, causing huge delays on the M25 and the surrounding areas.

National Highways tweeted: “Thank you for your patience as we inspect the QE2 bridge to make sure it hasn’t been damaged. We’re working hard to get this done as safely and quickly as possible so we can get everyone back on the move.

“We’ll let you know as soon as the #DartfordCrossing re-opens to traffic.”


Activists arrested

Two Just Stop Oil protesters have been arrested after coming down from the QE2 bridge.

Essex Police said in a statement: “Two people who had been at height on the Dartford Crossing have now been brought down and arrested.

“We have worked hard with our partners to bring this situation to a safe conclusion and considered all options available to us.

“This afternoon, we brought in an elevated platform which allowed specialist officers to work from height.

“That operation was a success and two men have now been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit public nuisance.

“Our specialist team will be leading the investigation and will be collating evidence for a Crown Prosecution Service decision. Our firm intention is to seek a positive outcome that prevents further dangerous disruption.”

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Just Stop Oil makes statement

Just Stop Oil has shared a statement on Twitter after two activists spent 36 hours hanging from the Queen Elizabeth II bridge on the M25 in protest.

The climate action group said it achieved its aim of disrupting oil supplies to Kent and the South East.

The group tweeted: “We successfully disrupted oil supplies to Kent & the South East for 36 hours.

“We are stepping down now but other supporters of Just Stop Oil will be stepping up day after day, causing disruption & putting their liberty on the line to demand that the government ends new oil & gas.”


Traffic jams around Dartford Crossing

The Dartford Crossing protest has led to traffic queuing up around the surrounding area.

Here are some images from earlier today:

Traffic built up around the Dartford Crossing on Tuesday


Just Stop Oil has caused travel chaos around QE2 bridge



Essex Police says ‘unacceptable’ for people to ‘selfishly stop others going about lives’

Chief Superintendent Simon Anslow from Essex Police says the force is “doing everything possible to resolve this situation as quickly and as safely as possible”.

“To be clear, we are not in any way anti-protest. The right to protest is enshrined in law and we will always seek to facilitate safe protest where we can,” he said.

“However, it is unacceptable for people to think they can put lives in danger and selfishly stop others going about their lives and the public rightly expect us to take action against anyone who believes they can do this – and we will.”


Two activists agree to leave bridge

Just Stop Oil has just tweeted to say the two activists who have been hanging off the QE2 bridge have “agreed to cooperate with police and leave the bridge”.

It added: “#JustStopOil will continue in #CivilResistance to harmful politics and our criminal government. To protect our rights, freedoms and the rule of law.”

Activists Morgan and Marcus have spent 36 hours hanging over the bridge, including spending the night there.

Cars faced gridlock and long delays aound the Dartford Crossing as the two protesters refused to leave the 190-ft structure.

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