Twenty protesters were arrested after damaging fuel pumps on the M25

A BRIGHTON student is among more than 30 protesters blocking access to petrol pumps on the M25 as part of the ‘Just Stop Oil’ campaign.

At least 20 people were arrested after protesters damaged fuel pumps and taped themselves to service station forecourts on the M25 on Wednesday morning.

Images shared online showed protesters holding Just Stop Oil banners at Clacket Lane Services, Kent; Cobham Services, Surrey; and Thurrock Services, Essex.

The climate group said 32 of its supporters blocked access to fuel pumps by sitting in the street with banners around 5am.

Some also sabotaged gas pumps by breaking sight glass and covering it with spray paint.

Surrey Police said Clacket Lane forecourts at their eastbound and westbound locations remain closed due to damage.

Thirteen people were arrested at the services and officers continue to remove protesters from the westbound gas station.

A further seven arrests were made in Cobham.

All protesters have been removed from the site and fuel is available from some pumps.

Surrey Police previously said they were working “as quickly as possible to remove the protesters”.

Sophie Sharples, a 22-year-old Brighton student taking part in the blockades, claimed ending the use of fossil fuels is this generation’s “mission”.

She said: “We have such a short window of opportunity to act to avoid the complete destruction of everything we know and love.

“For all life and for the love of humanity I must do all I can and with my privilege I can face arrest so I will do it.”

On Tuesday, Just Stop Oil blocked two oil depots in Essex and Warwickshire, leading to 35 arrests.

The group warned it would “continue the hiatus until the Government makes a statement that it will end new oil and gas projects in the UK”. Twenty protesters were arrested after damaging fuel pumps on the M25

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