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Police say they have enough prison cells for Extinction Rebellion Protesters
10 October 2019, 18:17
Police have told Global's Newsroom that they do have enough cells to deal with Extinction Rebellion protesters.
Our reporter visited Brixton custody centre and spoke to Inspector Brian Smith, who gave us a tour of the cells.
Inspector Smith said Brixton was one of the largest custody centres in London and they have a "large number of cells."
He told Global's Newsroom the Met Police is a large organisation and is "ready for events like this" he said the Met "can cope with the pressure this brings on, we have staff here at the suite dealing with Extinction Rebellion detainees."
Police have said they are currently dealing with a number of protestors at City Airport in east London in connection with the Extinction Rebellion protests.
#UPDATE | DAC Laurence Taylor confirms more than 1000 arrests have been made as the policing operation continues in central London and City Airport. We continue to keep disruption as minimal as possible and arrests those who are acting unlawfully. pic.twitter.com/jU1GRAsMYZ— MPS Events (@MetPoliceEvents) October 10, 2019
One individual has been arrested on a flight on the runway and a number of people arrested outside the airport.
On Thursday evening Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor confirmed that police had made more than 1,000 arrests in connection with the ongoing Extinction Rebellion protests across London.
29 individuals have been charged with various offences including ‘Knowingly failing to comply with a condition imposed under Section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986’, and Obstructing a highway.