Just Stop Oil protesters who closed Dartford Crossing face charges

Two Just Stop Oil protesters who closed Dartford Crossing have been charged by police

The men are due in court on Thursday (Image: JustStopOil/Twitter)

The two Just Stop Oil protesters who closed the Dartford Crossing for two days have been charged.

Morgan Trowland, 39, of Islington, north London, and Marcus Decker, 33, of no fixed address, have been charged with conspiracy to commit a public nuisance.

The men lined up nearly 300 feet above the M25 Monday morning and hung there for about 36 hours before police hired a “super helicopter” to bring them down.

They will appear in custody at Southend Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Essex Police Chief Simon Anslow said: “Our priorities have always been keeping people safe and working with our partners to keep Essex moving.

“We have done so consistently this year and again this week in incidents of disruption across the county.

“As we have said time and time again, we are not opposed to protests, but we must take action where we believe laws have been broken and the safety of the public is at risk.”

REACHES DARTFORD CROSSING PROTESTER

Morgan Trowland has been charged with conspiracy to commit a public nuisance (Image: Just Stop Oil)

Just Stop Oil - Marcus Decker

He and Marcus Decker, who are facing the same charges, are due in court on Thursday (Image: Twitter/Just Stop Oil)

Just Stop Oil protesters continue their protest for a second day on the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, which connects Kent and Essex and remains closed to traffic after being scaled by two climbers from the group. Picture date: Tuesday October 18, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story PROTEST Oil. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The couple positioned themselves hundreds of feet in the air (Image: PA)

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The demonstration caused chaos for motorists (Image: PA)

Traffic has been unable to use the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge linking Kent and Essex after it was blocked during a protest by environmental activist group Just Stop Oil.

National Highways reopened the intersection just before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

The charges come after a total of 17 protesters from environmental activist group Just Stop Oil were arrested in Kensington, central London, on Wednesday morning.

The Metropolitan Police said the arrests were made at the junction of Cromwell Road and Exhibition Road.

A police spokesman said: “The group blocked the roadway with 10 people taped.

“Officials reacted quickly and the road is now clear. Four people were previously arrested for related crimes in the area.

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