Police in Essex appeal to oil protesters to start a conversation after eight arrests in Grays

Police at the Navigator depot Credit: PA Wire/Library picture

Police have made a direct appeal to protesters following a series of demonstrations at one of Britain's largest oil refineries.

Officers say they want to start a conversation about allowing the group's protests within the law.

It comes after eight people were arrested on Sunday night following reports of a group of people obstructing the road and an oil tanker.

There has been a series of protests in the past week and a number of protestors from the group Just Stop Oil are living in tunnels under two roads leading to the Navigator depot at Thurrock, Essex.

Stoneness Road has been closed off, while the road at St Clements Way remains partially open.

Asst Ch Con Glen Pavelin of Essex Police said: "We take the concerns of this particular protest group its members and supporters seriously and willing to work with you so that your rights to peaceful protest can take place without members breaking the law.

“I would therefore like to extend my personal invitation to these protesters to start a conversation between us, where we can together find a balance that will allow your members to exercise their rights to protest effectively, whilst also doing so within the boundaries of the law.

"The current action is dangerous and putting lives at risk. We encourage those involved to re-evaluate the action they are taking.”

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