Today, 11 October, Plan B has written to the Metropolitan Police to highlight numerous reports of abuses, including the use of armed police to stop peaceful activists.

Tim Crosland, Director of Plan B, said:

“As a former Deputy Director of the Serious Organised Crime Agency, I know from experience that there are many dedicated people working in law enforcement, who take seriously their responsibility to the public. It is sad to see these public servants now being instrumentalised to persecute those they are there to protect.

Extinction Rebellion activists are being treated as criminals. Their “crime”, let’s remember, is to demand the action required (according to science) to prevent the ultimate humanitarian catastrophe.”