Teenager charged with defacing London statue of Winston Churchill

  • Teenager charged with defacing London statue of Winston Churchill

Teenager charged with defacing London statue of Winston Churchill

At least 680 people have been arrested over 10 days of Extinction Rebellion protests in London, Scotland Yard has revealed.

One man was detained on suspicion of causing criminal damage to the monument of the former prime minister in Parliament Square. "It will be fully investigated and the statue will be cleaned as quickly as possible".

The latest stanzas of the extinction uprising included several naked workers glancing at the window of the fashion chain H&M's Oxford Street store, while others tried to block parliament. These women had "4C" written on them and words like drought, starvation and wildfires written on their chests to demonstrate the consequences of global warming.

Some of the women used metal D-locks normally used to lock up bicycles to attach themselves by the neck to the parliamentary estate's railings.

A banner read: "Can't bare the truth?"

The women were taken to the police station in four different vans.

"That is why we took swift action to make a number of arrests. By neglecting to communicate the consequences of a 4C-world - war, famine, drought, displacement - the Government are failing to protect us".

Commander Jane Connors described the protests as a "significant challenge" during a "public health crisis".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at the time it was "absurd and deplorable" that Churchill's statue should have been in danger and he would resist any attempt to have it removed.