Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion protesters climb City Hall roof demanding clean air action

City Hall roof protesters demand air quality commitment

Protesters from Extinction Rebellion have climbed onto a roof at Bristol City Council's College Green headquarters to demand a commitment from the authority towards cleaner air in the city

Using ropes and ladders the group-of five climbed onto the domed roof, over the main entrance, in the early hours of Thursday.

Speaking to the BBC by video link from the roof, protester Peter Hughes said the group had plenty of supplies and were ready to stay a "really long time" if necessary.

"We have a banner ready to drop and have concrete demands for the council before we go anywhere".

"We'd like the authority to set out a road map for achieving legal air quality in the city by April 2021," Mr Hughes added.

Bristol City Council said it would not be commenting on the matter.

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Protesters call for environment policies post-lockdown

Woman wearing a face mask

Extinction Rebellion has held a series of protests across London.

Dozens of people from the environmental protest group gathered in Parliament Square, at the Woolwich Centre and in Richmond.

They called for environmental policies to be at the heart of the government's decisions as the country moves out of lockdown.

The Met Police said a small number of people had been arrested in relation to breaches of Covid-19 regulations and some Fixed Penalty Notices were issued.

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Salvation Army sees Penrith food bank use triple

The Salvation Army says it has had to open its food bank in Penrith for extra days each week, as the numbers of people seeking help tripled to 300.

Major Alan Donaldson, joint leader of The Salvation Army Penrith, said: “Cumbria is well-known for its hospitality and self-employed trade and it’s no secret that those have been the industries worst-hit as loss of income becomes a stark reality for many."

Kendal food bank collection
Sarah Deane

Meanwhile, a collection of supplies (pictured) for the Kendal Food Bank at more than a dozen locations across the town, organised by volunteers from Extinction Rebellion South Lakes, showed according to Sarah Deane, "there's some very generous people out there".

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