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Climate change protesters block entrances to Valero oil refinery in Pembrokeshire

Ten protesters have blocked three roads leading to one of the biggest oil refineries in Europe.

They arrived and set up their blockade in the early hours of Thursday morning at the Valero site in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire.

Dyfed Powys Police said they were first alerted at around 5.45am.

Ten protesters from the Extinction Rebellion group have blocked three roads leading to Valero oil refinery in Pembrokeshire. Credit: Staci Sylvan

The protesters are lying down on the road at all three entrance sites.

It comes two months after the same group of climate protesters blocked one of Cardiff city centre's main roads.

Castle street was closed for three days causing disruption and long delays. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Castle Street was closed for three days resulting in disruption and long delays for those travelling by car into the city.

One of the protesters called Dan, from Llandeilo said they are taking action today because the government and big business "are not moving away from fossil fuels fast enough."

The government declared a climate emergency, and has so far not committed beyond words. Everyone needs to act now before it is too late. We know that the future of the planet is at stake if we do not take action to stop the flow of oil. Tomorrow is a general strike to protest about the climate crisis, and shutting down this refinery is part of that.

– Dan, protester

"We are ordinary people in Wales taking a stand, lying down. There is no future in fossil fuels," he added.

Extinction Rebellion support a phased move to green energy. Credit: Welsh Government

A spokesman for Extinction Rebellion, Pembrokeshire said they not involved in the on-going protest, but that the group supports the protesters efforts.

We are not calling for workers at Valero to lose their jobs, which would be very damaging to the local economy. We would support a phased move to green energy without causing mass redundancies.

– Spokesman for Extinction Rebellion Pembrokeshire
Closure of the roads is causing traffic between Angle and Hundleton Credit: Staci Sylvan

Traffic monitors are showing that Axton Hill in Pembrokeshire is closed because of the demonstration.

This closure is affecting traffic between Angle and Hundleton.

A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: "The protest is currently peaceful but is causing significant disruption to local traffic at the Valero site. No arrests have been made.

Police officers are at the scene and working with partner agencies to minimise disruption to communities and ensure the safety of everyone involved.

The right of free speech and protest is the right of everyone, however, officers will take necessary action against those who deliberately choose to act outside the law.

For those who have journeys in the area use alternative routes or avoid the area.

– Dyfed-Powys Police