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Just Stop Oil eco-zealots plotting to break into Wimbledon in bid to ruin championships

NewsJust Stop Oil eco-zealots plotting to break into Wimbledon in bid to ruin championships

Just Stop Oil eco-fanatics are plotting to shut down Wimbledon, with activists planning to glue themselves to Centre Court. The flagship tennis event, a staple of the Great British Summer is due to start in two weeks.

One climate zealot told a Sun reporter: “An image of someone’s hand glued to something on Centre Court would be amazing.

“That would be very inspiring. There’s a lot of people up for that.”

One protester told the publication: “Wimbledon is a bit of an open secret. It would be an iconic image. It would be an even better photo than the snooker.”

A demonstration at Wimbledon would be the latest in a slew of recent climate protests at sporting events in recent months.

The Grand National, the Derby, the Premiership rugby final and the World Snooker Championships have all been subjected to the eco-warriors’ co-ordinated actions.

Express.co.uk infiltrated a group of animal rights activists, Animal Rebellion, last month, prior to their attempted disruption of the renowned flat race, the Epsom Derby.

This website revealed that activists were planning to stay in “safe houses” over night, prior to the race.

They were then intending to rush the race track, preventing the world famous race from taking place.

Activists were to be given “burner phones” on which to communicate with legal professionals once they’d been arrested.

In total, 31 people were arrested in connection with “planned criminal activity” at Epsom.

Surrey Police said in a statement: “Eleven people were arrested at addresses in Mitcham and Byfleet in the early hours, following warrants based on intelligence received ahead of the Epsom Derby Festival.

“A further eight people were arrested after their vehicle was stopped on Canons Lane in Burgh Heath at around 10.20am this morning. All were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit public nuisance and remain in police custody.

“A total of 12 people have been arrested within the Epsom Downs racecourse since the event began this morning, also in connection with planned criminal activity.”

The statement continued: “One man was arrested after he ran onto the racetrack after a race had started. He was quickly removed by event security and police officers, meaning the race was not disrupted.

Chief Superintendent Clive Davies said: “Our officers and event security responded quickly and decisively after a man ran onto the racetrack after a race had begun.

“We will not tolerate criminal behaviour which puts lives in danger, including those of the animals, jockeys, security staff and our officers.”

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