JUST Stop Oil supporters from Cheshire – including a Northwich dad - have taken part in disruptive action in London, demanding the Government ends all new UK oil and gas projects.

The campaign group has been repeatedly bringing large areas of central London to a standstill by slow marching in an indefinite campaign which began on April 26.

One of those taking part in the slow marches last week was James Kelly, a dad-of-two from Northwich.

The 46-year-old said: “I’m taking action for my children, who are 13 and 15.

“They are just starting out in life and as a father I fear what future they will have as our food systems continue to collapse due to extreme weather events.

“We have already seen food shortages in supermarkets in recent weeks.

“People are dying right now due to the climate crisis.

“The situation will only get much worse if we do not act now.”

Another Cheshire resident taking action was Rev Bill White, 68, a vicar from Macclesfield.

A spokesperson from Just Stop Oil added: “We empathise with members of the public who are held up in the slow marches.

“However, until our Government agrees to stop all new oil and gas, we have no choice but to take to the streets, as is our democratic right.

“We’re seeing crop failure, wildfires and death because of the climate crisis – new oil and gas is genocide.”

Since the Just Stop Oil campaign launched on February 14, 2022, there have been more than 2,100 arrests and 138 people have spent time in prison.

There are currently two Just Stop Oil supporters serving three-year prison sentences for resisting new oil, gas and coal.

A Just Stop Oil spokesperson continued: “Just Stop Oil is calling on everyone to get off the side lines and join in civil resistance against new oil, gas and coal.

“Our indefinite campaign of civil resistance is underway and will not end until our Government makes a meaningful statement halting new fossil fuel projects in the UK.”

Campaigners say they will take part in a slow march at midday every Saturday at Parliament Square in London.

It has been reported that so far, Just Stop Oil protests have cost police more than £3.5 million and nearly 11,000 officer shifts in the past month.

The Metropolitan Police has urged people ‘not to intervene or take matters into their own hands’ if they are caught in traffic delays and instead let police know, if they are not there already.