ONE in three garages ran empty after eco-activists blocked oil terminals, fuel activists rampaged.
Hundreds of petrol stations across the country are reportedly closed due to shortages, with the worst-hit areas being in southern England.
Around 1,200 petrol pumps south of the Midlands have been affected today, according to the Fair Fuel UK Campaign.
This was followed by numerous environmental demonstrations at oil terminals in Hertfordshire, Essex and Warwickshire this morning and “extraordinarily dangerous” actions over the past week.
Members of Just Stop Oil chained themselves to pipes and hid underground in their fight against climate change.
Around 800 people have been arrested across the country, including 338 in Essex, and 29 were taken into custody by BP Kingsbury Oil Terminal today.
They were arrested for alleged offenses including criminal damage to property, conspiracy to cause damage to property, and conspiracy to commit public nuisance.
Speaking at the UK demonstrations, Essex Deputy Chief Constable Glen Pavelin said: “We cannot stand by and see criminal acts being committed and lives being put at risk in the name of protest.
“We are not against protests. Our job is to save lives and catch criminals and we will do that.
“Today’s protest is exceptionally dangerous due to the location of the protesters at the site.
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“Our officers have been diligent in ensuring all protesters are aware of the risks involved and we worked hard this morning to minimize the dangers.
“Put simply, we don’t want anyone to get hurt.”
Police said the police protests in Thurrock had cost Essex Police “over £1million”.
Warwickshire Police also said there would continue to be an “increased police presence” in the coming days.
The pump closures come as the cost of petrol and diesel tops 150p a liter for the first time.
Families are already under pressure from the cost of living crisis and rising energy bills, but now have to shell out £83 to fill a 55-litre car.
On Thursday Deputy Chief Constable David Gardner of Warwickshire Police said: “I would like to reassure local people that we are making every effort to limit the impact on day-to-day policing in the rest of the county.
“As you might expect, we have contingency plans in place to deal with situations like this.
“Our officers are flexible in such circumstances and we also have plans to enlist support from the local armed forces.
“While we aim to resolve disruptions as quickly as possible, we need to ensure the safety of everyone on site so this may take time.”
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8635768/garages-run-dry-fuel-eco-mob-oil/ Fuel activists slam eco-mob as they claim protests have left one in three garages in the South running out of fuel