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Extinction Rebellion founder Gail Bradbrook was arrested today for climbing on top of the entrance of the Department of Transport and trying to smash glass panels with a hammer.

Dr. Bradbrook, 47, clambered onto the front of the building and placed XR stickers above the doors. She was then seen trying to smash windows with a hammer as police stood by.

The XR protest at the ministry comes less than 24 hours after police insisted they had banned demonstrators from London and cleared them from Trafalgar Square. 

This morning despite police having banned XR from London the group's co-founder Gail Bradbrook was able to climb to the top of the Department for Tranport's glass revolving door this morning

This morning despite police having banned XR from London the group's co-founder Gail Bradbrook was able to climb to the top of the Department for Tranport's glass revolving door this morning

Once there she hammered on the glass wall with a hammer and made a speech explaining she was making her protest for the sake of ancient woodland which might be felled for the creation of the HS2 high speed rail project

Once there she hammered on the glass wall with a hammer and made a speech explaining she was making her protest for the sake of ancient woodland which might be felled for the creation of the HS2 high speed rail project

This morning after less than an hour, she was brought down by police in a cherry picker and was arrested. 

She said she has protested at the Department of Transport to highlight her opposition against the planned HS2 rail link. 

'I did this for the beautiful pear tree at Cubbington Woods, 250 years old they have no rights. I do this in fierce love of the 108 ancient woodlands threatened by HS2, this climate crime of a project. 

'I do this in the spirit of what Emmeline Pankhurst called 'the noble art of window smashing".'  

Dr Bradbrook, 47, covered the building's entranceway with stickers and slogans saying 'HS2 is out climate emergency'

Dr Bradbrook, 47, covered the building's entranceway with stickers and slogans saying 'HS2 is out climate emergency'

A police officer tries to remove a woman after she attached herself with an adhesive to the building of Department of Transport, during an Extinction Rebellion protest in London

A police officer tries to remove a woman after she attached herself with an adhesive to the building of Department of Transport, during an Extinction Rebellion protest in London

After an hour police used a cherry picker to remove the protestor from the front of the government building

After an hour police used a cherry picker to remove the protestor from the front of the government building

Gail Bradbrook was arrested today for climbing on top of the entrance of the Department of Transport and trying to smash glass panels with a hammer

Gail Bradbrook was arrested today for climbing on top of the entrance of the Department of Transport and trying to smash glass panels with a hammer

She said Extinction Rebellion was calling for a plan for transitioning the UK to a zero carbon transport system, for a law of 'ecocide' to stop mass damage and destruction of nature and for nature to have rights. 

This morning a  police officer outside the Department for Transport confirmed that all protesters had been removed from the scene and claimed no-one had been glued to the building.

Police tape surrounds much of the main entrance to the department's offices, with Extinction Rebellion messages still stuck to it, although staff can now enter the building.

A series of dents and a long crack can be seen on the window next to where Gail Bradbrook was standing before her arrest.

The protesters' latest actions came after the Metropolitan Police imposed conditions under Section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986, requiring any protest assembly in the capital to cease by 9pm on Monday.

The force said this was to 'prevent serious disruption to the life of the community'.

On Monday evening, activists were cleared from Trafalgar Square, where many had lawfully congregated for the past week.

In response to the police action, an Extinction Rebellion (XR) statement said its 'rebels' would take 'a moment to pause and remember why we are here'.

It added: 'Extinction Rebellion will let the Trafalgar Square site go tonight. The International Rebellion continues.'

Police arrest Eleanor Elizabeth Chowns, Green Party Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands, while clearing an Extinction Rebellion environmental activists campsite at Trafalgar square yesterday

Police arrest Eleanor Elizabeth Chowns, Green Party Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands, while clearing an Extinction Rebellion environmental activists campsite at Trafalgar square yesterday

It comes after Extinction Rebellion protesters were dramatically cleared from Trafalgar Square in under an hour yesterday almost immediately after police banned 'any assembly' within London - as a Green Party MEP joins those arrested.

Hundreds of protesters blocked roads in the City of London in an attempt to use Hong-Kong inspired protests to cause maximum disruption to authorities, but the eight-day action was cut almost a week short by 9pm yesterday evening.

Metropolitan Police issued a statement warning 'any assembly linked to the Extinction Rebellion Autumn Uprising' to 'cease their protests within London (Metropolitan Police Service, and City of London areas) by 9pm'.

At 11pm Trafalgar Square was almost completely cleared - in stark contrast to just an hour before when tents were still raised and crowds of protesters stood wearing their raincoats in the autumnal drizzle.    

Eleanor Chowns was arrested under Section 14 of the Public Order Act (1986) after she refused to leave the area while requesting justification for the removal of peaceful protesters

Eleanor Chowns was arrested under Section 14 of the Public Order Act (1986) after she refused to leave the area while requesting justification for the removal of peaceful protesters

Hundreds of protesters blocked roads in the City of London yesterday in an attempt to use Hong-Kong inspired protests to cause maximum disruption to authorities, but the action was cut a week short by the evening. Pictured, a protester's arrest

Hundreds of protesters blocked roads in the City of London yesterday in an attempt to use Hong-Kong inspired protests to cause maximum disruption to authorities, but the action was cut a week short by the evening. Pictured, a protester's arrest

A gazebo is taken down from the centre of Trafalgar Square while police officers guard the area

A gazebo is taken down from the centre of Trafalgar Square while police officers guard the area  

Green Party MEP Eleanor Elizabeth Chowns was spotted in a police van as she joined others who had been arrested for refusing to leave the area as officers waded in to prevent further disruption. 

The arrest was made under Section 14 of the Public Order Act (1986) after Chowns refused to leave the area while asking police why they were removing the protesters.  

Most protesters have already decamped to Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, south of the river, according to Extinction Rebellion. 

Until Monday night police had been directing demonstrators to Trafalgar Square as the only legal area for Autumn Uprising protesters to gather. 

Dozens of police officers lined up on Trafalgar Square from 9pm when the order was made to dismantle the camp

Dozens of police officers lined up on Trafalgar Square from 9pm when the order was made to dismantle the camp

Police officers take down a gazebo

The metal frame is dismantled by an officer

Officers tore down gazebos as part of the mass action to end the Extinction Rebellion protests on Trafalgar Square 

After police removed the remaining Extinction Rebellion protesters at around 11pm yesterday the square looked empty

After police removed the remaining Extinction Rebellion protesters at around 11pm yesterday the square looked empty

Eleanor Elizabeth Chowns is arrested

Eleanor Elizabeth Chowns is arrested

Eleanor Elizabeth Chowns is pictured asking police officers why they were removing peaceful protesters ahead of her arrest

Police worked to remove a lock from an Extinction Rebellion protester during the operation in Trafalgar Square, London

Police worked to remove a lock from an Extinction Rebellion protester during the operation in Trafalgar Square, London

Protesters' possessions was piled up in the rain for those who had left it behind to come and collect during the operation

Protesters' possessions was piled up in the rain for those who had left it behind to come and collect during the operation

A lone man sits and waits on his possessions as other protesters leave the site. Police vans line the road behind him

A lone man sits and waits on his possessions as other protesters leave the site. Police vans line the road behind him

Howard Rees, an XR spokesman who was at the scene, told the Guardian that police started clearing Trafalgar Square before even issuing the revised order to protesters. 'They gave us the notification: 'We have started clearing the square',' Rees said. 

'It's all peaceful. People for the most part are being given the opportunity to move their possessions.'

On Twitter, the London branch of Extinction Rebellion labelled the clear out 'an emergency' and an 'outrage' before demanding police 'respect the law'.

'Police are clearing peaceful protest in Trafalgar & Vauxhall. They are back-tracking on promises made &, MEPs say, in contravention of UK law, in the national square,' it added. 

The protests were meant to continue on until Saturday, October 19, at 6pm but have now been cut five days short.

An Extinction Rebellion spokesman said: 'The Climate and Ecological Emergency isn't going away and we remain resolute in facing it.

'We urge the Government and the authorities to join us in doing the same. We cannot do it alone. This is bigger than all of us.

The protests were meant to continue on until Saturday, October 19, at 6pm but have now been cut five days short

The protests were meant to continue on until Saturday, October 19, at 6pm but have now been cut five days short

'To rebels, this is a moment to pause and remember why we are here. Extinction Rebellion will let the Trafalgar Square site go tonight. The International Rebellion continues.'

The first Rabbi to be arrested in the UK was apprehended by police in Bank yesterday while he prayed and sang for the first day of the festival Sukkot.

He said: 'It's impossible, at least for me, to read the Bible of Prophets without recognising how much we're rooted in the Earth, in social justice, in an awareness of the world around us, and, attempting to give all that we have on its behalf seems to me the highest calling towards God.

At 11pm Trafalgar Square was almost completely cleared - in stark contrast to just an hour before when tents were still raised and crowds of protesters stood wearing their raincoats in the autumnal drizzle

At 11pm Trafalgar Square was almost completely cleared - in stark contrast to just an hour before when tents were still raised and crowds of protesters stood wearing their raincoats in the autumnal drizzle

'The highest principle is the saving of life, pikuach nefesh, there isn't anything more that we're doing here in Extinction Rebellion than being aware that millions, or hundreds of millions of people, already are at threat because of the changing climate, and if you add in future generations then … this is where we have to be. We have to work alongside those who are absolutely dedicated to trying to save life.' 

Yesterday afternoon protesters planned to move along Fleet Street to the Royal Courts of Justice, to try and shut down the High Court and Court of Appeal.  

The group had set up training camps over the weekend as they tried to bring in reinforcements following more than 1,300 arrests last week. Today, the total number of arrested topped 1,400.

Amid heavy rain in London, the numbers of demonstrators seemed much depleted compared to last week.

Shower: Extinction Rebellion shut down roads around the Bank of England this morning as they attempt to push the chaos they are bringing to the capital

Shower: Extinction Rebellion shut down roads around the Bank of England this morning as they attempt to push the chaos they are bringing to the capital

Attention-seekers: Extinction Rebellion's so-called 'Red Brigade' were out in the square in front of the Bank of England

Attention-seekers: Extinction Rebellion's so-called 'Red Brigade' were out in the square in front of the Bank of England

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