MORE than 150 people have now been arrested as oil protestors have been taking action over the past three days.

Campaigners from Just Stop Oil, with support from Extinction Rebellion, have been protesting against oils and gas issues.

They have been demanding action over the use of fossil fuels, as those involved call on the government to stop any expansion of UK oil and gas production.

Beginning on Friday, 155 people have now been arrested in the Thurrock district.

Police say protestors have been arrested on suspicion of a variety of offences.

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Essex Police has confirmed that a further 35 have been arrested today, following on from 63 on Friday, April 1, and 57 on Saturday, April 2.

They have also said that they will 'continue to work with their partners including Thurrock Council, and their blue light colleagues to manage the situation..

Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Nolan said: “The operational and logistical challenges my officers have faced in the last 48 hours have been exceptional.

“We continue to work today with our key partners to bring these protests to a swift and safe conclusion, and to minimise community impact.

“A priority has been to reopen the sites disrupted by these protests, and I am pleased with the progress we are making.

“I want to once again be clear: policing is not anti-protest, but we must intervene where there is a risk to life or where laws are being broken, and we will do so.”