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Twenty-one arrested as Just Stop Oil protesters block A4 in central London

Twenty-one people have been arrested after Just Stop Oil protesters blocked traffic on the A4 in central London.

Members of the group took up positions across Cromwell Road, near Exhibition Road, close to the Natural History and V&A museums.

Just Stop Oil continues to demand the government “halts all new oil and gas licences and consents”.

Cromwell Road is a major route through Kensington and connects other areas such as Hammersmith and Westminster.

Just Stop Oil said its supporters had “disrupted traffic by sitting in the road with banners” and that some had “glued” themselves to the the tarmac – with others adopting “lock-ons”.

Police said 17 people were arrested at the scene and four others nearby. The roads reopened at about 10.15am.

It comes after the disruption to the Dartford Crossing earlier this week when two protesters attached themselves to the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge more than 60m (200ft) above the River Thames.

The two men responsible were removed and arrested on Tuesday.

Supporters of the group also threw tomato soup over Van Gogh’s Sunflowers last week.

Protesters from the group forced the Dartford Crossing bridge to close this week

Just Stop Oil released a statement by one of the protesters at Cromwell Road, Sheila Shatford, a 67-year-old former nurse from Bristol, who said: “We are so short of time now that non-violent civil disobedience seems the only option.

“It’s hard to be ridiculed and reviled by people when I’m sitting on a road but I know that I have to do it.

“This isn’t for me, this is for those without a voice and future generations.

“It would certainly be a lot easier to go back to my own cosy little life.”

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