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

Just Stop Oil has continued to cause traffic chaos as activists shut down a major crossing over the River Thames for a second day.

Activists remained overnight on top of a bridge over the M25 Dartford Crossing, with police continuing to work to resolve the situation.

One of the protesters said he was “quite cold” and “didn’t sleep much” but vowed to remain on the Queen Elizabeth II bridge until the government promised to end all new oil and gas licenses.

Traffic queues backed up for six miles in both directions during Tuesday rush hour as the disruption continued into a second day.

Over in London, 26 activists were arrested on the same morning after blocking a road – some gluing themselves to it – in Hammersmith.

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


Essex Police on Dartford Crossing protest

Here is the latest from an Essex Police spokesperson on the protest at the Dartford Crossing:

“We’re working with our partners to identify the safest and quickest way to resolve the situation. But as you can imagine, they’re 100 metres up in the air. It’s very complex. These things can take time.”


Traffic jams around bridge

Independent TV has some footage showing the travel chaos around the crossing this morning:


‘Long delays’ at Dartford Crossing

National Highways says the Dartford Crossing is still closed while the Just Stop Oil action is ongoing on the bridge.

There are “long delays” as a result:


‘I was pretty cold’

Here is one of the activists at the top of the bridge describing his stay overnight:


M25 Dartford Crossing bridge closure

A major bridge remains closed for the second day in a row after being targeted by Just Stop Oil protesters.

Two activists scaled the Queen Elizabeth II bridge on Monday, as Aisha Rimi reported at the time:


Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of what Just Stop Oil is getting up to as the M25 Dartford Crossing remains closed.

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