UK petrol pumps running dry as anti-oil protestors dig tunnel under key refinery

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Protestors have caused disruption in fuel supplies after they dug a tunnel under a key oil tanker route, following days of disruption at oil terminals and 180 arrests.

The tunnel, under a key tanker route to the BP Kingsbury Terminal in Warwickshire, was concealed by a caravan parked on the roadside and surrounded by protestors.

The Just Stop Oil group said that as police arrested members, five people remained inside the caravan working on the tunnel on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Warwickshire Police said 29 arrests have been made this weekend in connection with ongoing protest activity at Kingsbury Oil Terminal.

The UK-wide demonstrations have added to fuel shortage problems at the pumps for motorists.

Those taken into custody this weekend in Warwickshire were arrested for offences including criminal damage, conspiracy to cause criminal damage and conspiracy to commit public nuisance.

This takes the total number of arrests to 180 since protest activity began on April 1, and around 800 nationally, as per Mail Online.

Around 1,200 pumps south of the midlands have been forced to turn away motorists, the Campaign for Fair Fuel has claimed.

Supporters of Just Stop Oil have disrupted oil supplies from oil terminals in Warwickshire, Hertfordshire and Essex. They are demanding the UK government end new oil and gas projects in the UK.

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As well as constructing a tunnel hidden by a caravan at Kingsbury Oil depot, at 2.30am around 40 people blocked the entrance to the Buncefield oil terminal in Hertfordshire and locked on.

This was followed at 6:30am by a further action at the Grays Inter Terminal in Thurrock where around 40 young people swarmed into the facility, climbed the loading bay pipework and locked on.

Rev. Tim Hughes, 71, a retired priest from Swindon, was among the protestors.

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He said: "I’m here because our government is useless, they make a lot of noise but they are doing nothing.

"As a priest I have a duty of care for people, and also for creation. What I’m doing here, with everyone in this caravan, is what our government should be doing – that is trying to protect our families and our loved ones from the appalling future that stands before us.

"I hope we can continue what we’re doing and stop the flow of oil, if the government won’t.”

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