Extinction Rebellion: Activists block junction outside Bank of England

14 October 2019, 08:47

Protesters outside the Bank of England
Protesters outside the Bank of England. Picture: PA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

Extinction Rebellion protesters have blocked a junction outside the Bank of England in a bid to disrupt the City of London.

Dozens of activists are sitting or standing in the road as City workers leave Bank tube station.

In some surrounding streets, traffic has been brought to a standstill, with long queues of buses sat empty with their engines off.

Our reporter Rachael Venables is live at the scene:

Protesters, sheltering under umbrellas, are holding aloft flags bearing the Extinction Rebellion logo, while drummers play.

Others nearby are handing out leaflets which say "We're sorry" and explain why they are protesting.

The protest in London's financial district comes as Met Police reveal they have made 1,336 arrests during the first week of protests by climate change activists.

More to follow.