Four arrests in palace protest

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Protesters from the Climate Siren group scaled the gates of Buckingham Palace // Protesters from the Climate Siren group scaled the gates of Buckingham Palace
Protesters from the Climate Siren group scaled the gates of Buckingham Palace
Four climate change activists have been arrested today after scaling the gates of Buckingham Palace and chaining themselves to the railings.
Three men and one woman who said they represented the Climate Siren group locked themselves to the centre gate and south centre gate just after 2pm, wearing t-shirts bearing the words "climate emergency. 10% annual emission cuts," and wielding megaphones.
Two of them held a banner carrying a quote from the Prince of Wales reading: "The doomsday clock of climate change is ticking ever faster towards midnight. We are simply not reacting quickly enough."
The four were removed by police using a cherry-picker more than four hours later as officers brought the protest to an end. They were detained on suspicion of breaching Royal Parks regulations.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "At approximately 2.05pm on Saturday June 23, four protesters - three men and one woman - climbed the centre gate and south centre gate at Buckingham Palace and secured themselves to the railings with chains.
"Police attended and by around 6.35pm all the protesters had been removed and arrested under SOCPA (the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act) and for breaching section 4 of the Royal Parks and Other Open Spaces Regulations 1997."
A handful of other Climate Siren activists carrying banners were also on the scene.
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