Britain is in the grips of another fuel crisis with one in three petrol stations in the south forced to shut after climate activists caused days of disruption at oil terminals. MailOnline has more.
Around 1,200 pumps south of the midlands have been forced to turn away motorists, the Campaign for Fair Fuel has claimed, in the wake of the action by Just Stop Oil.
The eco protestors have been targeting oil terminals across the south of the country, including in Hertfordshire, Essex and Warwickshire this morning by locking themselves to pipes.
The action has been blamed for shortages of both petrol and diesel at stations compounding misery for drivers already facing record prices at the pump, reported at over £2 a litre in some areas.
Mass protests have seen over 800 arrests across the country and put a “real strain” on local police services with over 50 more arrests expected today.
The protests are exacerbating existing supply issues due to increased demand after Covid lockdowns and Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
Frustrated drivers have blasted the eco activists for causing “misery” to the lives of ordinary people who need to work and have no alternative but to use their cars.
Police today also slammed the criminals for putting lives at risk with their “exceptionally dangerous” climate stunts as one force has spent over £1 million on policing the protests.
The action at oil terminals is taking place at the same time as climate protests in London, led by Extinction Rebellion, have shut down two major bridges in the city.
Vauxhall and Lambeth Bridge are currently occupied by a number of protestors, equipped with banners and flags, despite being a key crossing point for access to St Thomas’s Hospital.
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Stop Press: You can read more about the blockade of Vauxhall and Lambeth Bridge here.