Police say they have enough prison cells for Extinction Rebellion Protesters

10 October 2019, 18:17

EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

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.

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.