coals of in public should No “directly intervene” and a dish out vigilante justice on subversive Just Stop Oil protesters, Metropolitan Police boss said.
Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist urged people not take the law into your own hands after activists blocked the roads in London dragged out of in way in hot scenes on Saturday.
Activists demand that the government stop everything new oil and gas licenses and permits blocked roads in various locations as part of month campaign of direct action, causing what Mr. Twist called “significant disruption and frustration among public in London”.
He said force arrested 651 people answering Just Stop Oil tricks from October 1st, accounting for more more than 7900 officer shifts.
Mr. Twist suggested that this distracted the police from their work. with knife crime theft and security.
He said police are “committed to responding quickly and effectively” to activists “significantly disrupting people’s daily lives” but urged people to call police rather than physically intervene.
He said, “I fully understand the frustration and anger felt by public who seriously violated with regard to small amount of protesters and their deliberate tactics.
“They affect the people of the business, their lives, whether on them way to the doctor, the long-awaited admission to the hospital, on them way to workfor an interview or for a gathering children; I know communities and public of London has had enough of very small amount of people breaking them.
“Upon notification of any activists committing offenses or causing disruptions by blocking roads, our priority is to get there quickly.
“I would call public not directly intervene call us and we’ll deal.”
He told the police need collect evidence of offenses prior to arrest and moving protesters, emphasizing that this key for successful criminal cases.
He added: “We are determined to bring to justice all of those who have caused a significant and unreasonable disruption to the operation of London, or caused building damage, property or valuables.
He said the police “will always provide a proportionate police response to protests and attempts to stop them.” work with organizers so that the protests can proceed safely,” but said Just Stop Oil does not notify them in promotion that drains resources.
Mister Twist added: “We are determined to bring those who have caused chaos and violation of justice and additional officers will continue to be needed in the environment term handle these cases successfully to court.
“The Metropolitan is a large and stable organization, and despite the abstraction of officers support this operation, we are still able to handle with our core business in communities, however this ongoing action increases the pressure on our systems and our officers.”