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Apr 12, 2022

One of the climate change eco activists causing Britain's petrol shortage crisis is a district councillor and former NHS contract manager who boasts online she once protested dressed as a blackbird.

Barbi Lund bragged that she has spent 10 days locked to the gates at Purfleet's oil depot in Essex with people from Just Stop Oil.

Mrs Lund, who came to Britain from South Africa in 1981, represents her ward at Mendip District Council in sleepy Somerset.

She is part of the 'XR Frome Blackbirds', who dressed up to campaign to protect nature at the G7 summit protests in Cornwall last summer.

Eco activist Barbi Lund bragged that she has spent 10 days locked to the gates at Purfleet's oil depot in Essex with people from Just Stop Oil

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Eco activist Barbi Lund bragged that she has spent 10 days locked to the gates at Purfleet's oil depot in Essex with people from Just Stop Oil

One of the 'Just Stop Oil' protests organised by Barbi Lund for Extinction Rebellion, with the demonstrators dressed like giant blackbirds

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One of the 'Just Stop Oil' protests organised by Barbi Lund for Extinction Rebellion, with the demonstrators dressed like giant blackbirds

When not dressed as a giant blackbird, Ms Lund attends XR protests with megaphone in hand. She also holds regular climate change discussions at the Rode Memorial Hall near Frome.

In a video posted onto her Facebook page, she justified her actions at Purfleet, saying: 'Scientific evidence is absolutely clear climate change is a threat to all life on this planet

'If the Government is serious about the climate crisis there can be no new investment in oil, gas and coal.

'Fuel companies keep vast profits at our expense. Drilling for more oil and gas is a betrayal of our young people and all those in the global south.

'We need an emergency response to our dependence on gas and oil, which is causing the current cost of living crisis.

'The Government must stop fossil fuels, tax breaks and subsidies, stop encouraging air travel and stop building new roads

Nathan McGovern, 22, and Louis McKechnie, 21, disrupted operations at Grays oil depot, in Essex, for approximately 40 hours after chaining themselves to pipes high up at the site on Sunday afternoon. They are now in custody

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Nathan McGovern, 22, and Louis McKechnie, 21, disrupted operations at Grays oil depot, in Essex, for approximately 40 hours after chaining themselves to pipes high up at the site on Sunday afternoon. They are now in custody

Just Stop Oil activists end siege of Grays terminal after 38 hours

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Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion activists – many of them young, middle-class students – have targeted 11 fuel depots in as many days, blocking trucks from making petrol and diesel deliveries to forecourts. Pictured: McKechnie at Goodison Park

Nathan McGovern, 22. The Coventry activist has flirted with XR and Animal Rebellion and disrupted the game after finishing a Masters degree in religion at King's College London earlier this year

Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion activists – many of them young, middle-class students – have targeted 11 fuel depots in as many days, blocking trucks from making petrol and diesel deliveries to forecourts. Pictured: McKechnie at Goodison Park and his activist accomplice Nathan McGovern, 22, (right)

Extinction Rebellion at the Esso West oil facility near Heathrow Airport in London (pictured)

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Extinction Rebellion at the Esso West oil facility near Heathrow Airport in London (pictured)

'What they should be doing instead is insulating our homes, investing in renewables and providing free public transport.

'I'd also just like to say something about the vast profits that the fossil fuel companies make. In 2021 BP made £9.5billion worth of profit, twice what they made in 2020.

'And Shell made £14billion profit. Four times what they made in 2020.

'This is an absolute scandal, especially when there are people having to choose between heating their homes or feeding their children.

'The Government needs to get a grip.'

Four green zealots held for chaining themselves inside one of the UK's largest oil refineries yesterday have already walked free - with 11 of their middle class comrades likely to be fast behind them, MailOnline can reveal today.

Essex Police has made 373 arrests in the past 12 days - with no charges - and only 11 of them remain in custody amid a revolving door of activists being arrested and then released to cause more havoc with some filling stations now 'drying up' ahead of the Easter getaway.

The final two eco-oafs were finally been arrested after 40 hours having agreed to give police their superglue in return for some water. 

Louis McKechnie, 21, the 'John Lennon lookalike' ringleader now arrested 16-plus times, said he and fellow student Nathan McGovern, 22, were 'treated well' as they were cut down from inside the rafters of a terminal in Grays, Essex, last night. They are believed to still be in police cells.

Ministers are preparing to serve injunctions on the eco-mob ringleaders as Priti Patel is again under pressure to take severe action against eco-activists disrupting fuel supplies amid claims the authorities have been too slow to punish them.

The Home Secretary is being told to seek nationwide injunctions to stop 'guerrilla tactics' being used by the group of largely privileged students and professional protesters shutting down oil terminals by chaining themselves to pipes, digging tunnels or blocking tankers to cripple critical UK infrastructure and leave petrol stations without fuel.

As a result petrol and diesel shortages are 'an issue' and some filling stations are 'drying up', according to a fuel price pressure group.

The eco zealots causing havoc at petrol pumps: Just Stop Oil activists include jet-setting yachtswoman, 23, who travelled to Bali, 'John Lennon lookalike' who has been arrested 16 times, and rollerskater who turned her back on watchmaking

By Martin Robinson, Chief Reporter for MailOnline 

The green zealots trying to make Britain run out of fuel are a bunch of privileged students and professional protesters, MailOnline can reveal today.

Activists from Just Stop Oil have been hampering access to petrol and diesel for days, demanding that the Government stops new fossil fuel projects by digging tunnels below refineries, vandalising tankers or storming the terminals to climb on to the pipes.

Essex Police has arrested more than 350 protesters since the disruption started on April 1 - while queues have formed at petrol stations across the country and some have even shut down due to a shortage of fuel. 

One of the ringleaders is 'John Lennon lookalike' Louis McKechnie, a Bournemouth University graduate last seen 'surfing' on an oil truck in Essex on Friday. He became a poster boy for JSO after he tied himself to a goalpost to disrupt a Premier League at Everton last month. 

Around 12 students remain within the pipes at Grays Inter Terminal today, including former boarding school choir girl and now Cambridge University student Cressie Gethin. With her in the rafters is student Nathan McGovern, another golden boy of the movement.

Also manning the barricades are Brighton-based activist Hannah Hunt, 23, another student with a taste for expensive hobbies and travel, and Eben Lazarus, who describes himself as a 'musician and activist'. 

And in the tunnels below the BP Kingsbury Oil Terminal in Warwickshire is retired vicar Tim Hewes, a veteran of the Extinction Rebellion and Insulate Britain movement who also sewed his lips together in protest against Rupert Murdoch. 

Other members of the Just Stop Oil group, which is closely linked to the Extinction Rebellion, Animal Rebellion and Insulate Britain groups, is a rollerskating watchmaker and JSO's official 'de-escalator', XR's 'arts co-ordinator' and a Welsh organic farmer whose family business failed and he blamed climate change.

These are the protesters at the heart of the current chaos that is leaving millions of Britons short on fuel:

The Lennon-lookalike posterboy: Louis McKechnie 

Louis McKechnie, 21, stormed the pitch and zip-tied himself to the goalpost at Goodison Park during the game between Everton and Newcastle United last month

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Louis McKechnie, 21, stormed the pitch and zip-tied himself to the goalpost at Goodison Park during the game between Everton and Newcastle United last month

From left: Louis McKechnie, Miranda Whelehan, Nathan McGovern, Claudia Penna Rojas and Cressida Gethin, during their Just Stop Oil press conference in central London today

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From left: Louis McKechnie, Miranda Whelehan, Nathan McGovern, Claudia Penna Rojas and Cressida Gethin, during their Just Stop Oil press conference in central London today

Nathan McGovern, 22, and Louis McKechnie, 21, say they have been disrupting operations at Grays oil depot, in Essex, for approximately 31 hours after chaining themselves to pipes high up at the site on Sunday afternoon

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Nathan McGovern, 22, and Louis McKechnie, 21, say they have been disrupting operations at Grays oil depot, in Essex, for approximately 31 hours after chaining themselves to pipes high up at the site on Sunday afternoon

Infamous Just Stop Oil goalpost protester gives update from Grays

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Louis McKechnie, 21, an engineering student, was charged with pitch encroachment and aggravated trespass after the incident at Goodison Park during the game between Everton and Newcastle United last month.

He stormed the pitch halfway through the match and zip-tied himself to the goalpost wearing a bright orange t-shirt saying: 'Just stop oil.' Louis has said he has received 'hundreds' of death threats since running on to the pitch.  

McKechnie is a Bournemouth University student whose activism began with  Extinction Rebellion (XR) in 2020 before he joined vegan group Animal Rebellion.

The 21-year-old, whose experience of work appears to be only stints with a local fish-and-chip shop and supermarket, was one of the 'Highway Nine' Insulate Britain protesters jailed for blocking the M25 last year. 

After serving half of a three-month prison sentence, he warned: 'What comes next will make Insulate Britain look like child's play.' 

Rebel reverend: Tim Hewes

Reverend Hewes, who once sewed up his lips in protest at the influence of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, was also repeatedly part of the mob blocking the M25 despite already being arrested numerous times.

The activist has 'permission to officiate' in the Diocese of Oxford although he does not have a parish, and is today in tunnels under an oil tanker route.

Asked about Rev Hewes last year, a spokesman for the diocese said: 'The actions of Rev Hewes and others, while arguably well-intentioned, have frustrated many people and we're unclear how the actions have been productive in encouraging the urgent change required.'

Rev Hewes, a retired dentist, previously said the Bishop of Dorchester, Gavin Collins, who comes under the Diocese of Oxford, had told him 'he does support issues regarding climate change and the environment but not about breaking the law'.

Reverend Hewes was repeatedly part of the mob blocking the M25 despite already being arrested numerous times and is now helping Just Stop Oil by entering tunnels

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Reverend Hewes was repeatedly part of the mob blocking the M25 despite already being arrested numerous times and is now helping Just Stop Oil by entering tunnels

'The crisis will extend': Activists continue oil refinery occupation

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Reverend Hewes blockading the M25 with Insulate Britain and

Retired dentist Reverend Tim Hewes, 71, has 'permission to officiate' in the diocese although he does not have a parish

Reverend Hewes blockading the M25 with Insulate Britain and sewing his lips together in a bizarre attack on Rupert Murdoch

Today he is in a tunnel under a key tanker route to the BP Kingsbury Terminal in Warwickshire. 

He said: 'I'm here because our government is useless, they make a lot of noise but they are doing nothing.

'As a priest I have a duty of care for people, and also for creation. What I'm doing here, with everyone in this caravan, is what our government should be doing – that is trying to protect our families and our loved ones from the appalling future that stands before us.

'I hope we can continue what we're doing and stop the flow of oil, if the government won't.'

The jetsetting yachtswoman: Hannah Hunt

Pictured: Louis McKechnie and Hannah Hunt outside Downing Street in February

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Pictured: Louis McKechnie and Hannah Hunt outside Downing Street in February

Ms Hunt's Instagram shows her holidaying in locations including Australia, Greece, Gran Canaria and Bali (pictured)

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Ms Hunt's Instagram shows her holidaying in locations including Australia, Greece, Gran Canaria and Bali (pictured) 

She is currently in the rafters of the Grays refinery, with Eben Lazarus (pictured together)

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She is currently in the rafters of the Grays refinery, with Eben Lazarus (pictured together)

Hannah seen today at the Grays oil depot

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Hannah seen today at the Grays oil depot 

The JSO protester is from Brighton, a common home town for Green zealots.

Miss Hunt is a former XR supporter who broke into an ExxonMobil Oil refinery in Hampshire. She also posed with Mr McKechnie outside Downing Street with a letter for Boris Johnson.

She also glued herself to the red carpet at the Bafta awards and admits to experiencing severe anxiety before a protest. But describing her state after starting she said she enjoys 'a weird, dreamy, calm mindset' she finds empowering.

The Brighton-based activist studied at Sussex University, where she joined the sailing team. Her Instagram shows her holidaying in locations including Australia, Greece, Gran Canaria and Bali.

She is currently in the rafters of the Grays refinery, with Eben Lazarus, a musician and activist also from Brighton. Sharing a video she said they were 'cold and uncomfortable' 17 hours into their protest, but added: 'But that suffering is minute compared to those in the frontline of the climate crisis'.

Eben then encourages people to 'step up' and join protests because 'nobody can be a bystander if we want any chance of a future'.  

XR's 'arts-co-ordinator': Indigo Rumbelow  

Eco-fanatic Indigo Rumbelow, 27, from Gower, South-West Wales, has been arrested at least five times. In a Zoom call watched by The Mail on Sunday last week, she told activists: 'We want to create sustained disruption for two weeks.'   

Describing her motivations, Miss Rumbelow said: 'My generation is being forced into action because our Government is destroying our future. We will immediately end all actions when it makes a statement that it will stop all new oil and gas.' 

Indigo was first arrested at Cannes Lions Advertising Festival in 2019 for gate-crashing a Facebook conference and has been held by police on at least six occasions since then.

In 2020 she began digging up the lawn in front of the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government and was arrested again in Parliament Square later that year when she blocked the road. 

Justifying her behaviour recently she said: 'The only thing to do in a system that is driving itself to extinction is to rebel. If we look at the history books, we can see that the only way of creating the nonlinear change we need is for people to commit civil disobedience and force that change.

'Currently too few people are taking the necessary action. I urge anyone reading this article to realise that they too can rebel. In order to prevent ecosystem and societal collapse, at this pivotal moment in history, ordinary people need to take extra-ordinary action'.

The rollerskating watchmaker: Amy Rugg-Easey

One of the abseilers was serial protester Amy Rugg-Easey (pictured after being arrested), a Labour voting watchmaker and rollerskater from Newcastle upon Tyne

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One of the abseilers was serial protester Amy Rugg-Easey (pictured after being arrested), a Labour voting watchmaker and rollerskater from Newcastle upon Tyne

People are questioning how protesters were able to shut down central London again

One of the abseilers appears to be a serial protester Amy Rugg-Easey (picture), a Labour-voting voting watchmaker and rollerskater from Newcastle upon Tyne who describes herself as a 'rebel for life'

People are questioning how protesters were able to shut down central London again. Miss Rugg-Easey (picture), describes herself as a 'rebel for life'

Miss Rugg-Easey was involved in shutting down Tower Bridge last Friday.

She and an unnamed man threw themselves off the bridge using abseil ropes and tiers a giant 'End fossil fuels now' banner.  

The Labour-voting voting watchmaker and rollerskater from Newcastle upon Tyne describes herself as a 'rebel for life'.

Describing her descent into eco-activism she said: 'I quit my career in watchmaking to study environmental science after listening to science podcasts while working at my bench. I remember thinking at the time 'it can't be that bad'. Climate change was something that you heard about every now again in the news as if it was the weather. When I really started to look at the facts, I started to panic. I felt a need to do something about it.

When I began my degree, I had already been to a few Extinction Rebellion meetings and their famous 'heading for extinction' talk. 'It can't be that bad' I thought. I'd hoped that when I started studying, the things I would learn would show that that talk had been a huge exaggeration. Unfortunately, that was not the case'. 

Describing the abseiling stunt she said: 'I was terrified stepping off that bridge. I decided to put my name out and wear my signature blue jacket hoping that people I've met would recognise me and realise that climate activists are just normal people too. I also know that it creates a target on my back. Certain people will wish that I'd died on that bridge today. I know that it makes my mum worry.

'I'm hoping my actions inspires others to be brave and take their first steps in fighting for our future. Not everyone has to hang off a bridge and get arrested, but everyone has to take meaningful action for things to change'.

The Cambridge music student: Cressie Gethin 

Cressida Gethin during the latest Just Stop Oil protest

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Cressida Gethin during the latest Just Stop Oil protest

Miss Gethin, a former student of the prestigious Hereford Cathedral School, is currently among the group holding up the Grays refinery. She appears to be one of the five main founders of Just Stop Oil. 

Cressie, a music student from Murray Edwards at Cambridge University, has been campaigning on climate issues at her college. 

She told The Tab: 'I was very very surprised that Murray Edwards came out bottom of the league tables for their climate policies because I had imagined it was something they would have cared about and been active on'.

The talented chorister has performed with her brother, also a singer.  

The LBC mic gluer: Nathan McGovern

Nathan McGovern is currently holding up an oil refinery with his comrades

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Nathan McGovern is currently holding up an oil refinery with his comrades

Mr McGovern invaded the Tottenham v West Ham match and was dragged off the pitch after he failed

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Mr McGovern invaded the Tottenham v West Ham match and was dragged off the pitch after he failed

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Mr McGovern, from Just Stop Oil, said that presenter Tom Swarbrick was not using his 'massive platform' to tell people about the climate 'situation'

22-year-old King's College London student Nathan McGovern, who studies religion. The Coventry activist has flirted with XR and Animal Rebellion and disrupted a game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

The Coventry activist has flirted with XR and Animal Rebellion and disrupted the game after finishing a Masters degree in religion at King's College London earlier this year

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The Coventry activist has flirted with XR and Animal Rebellion and disrupted the game after finishing a Masters degree in religion at King's College London earlier this year

Eight days ago he was speaking to Tom Swarbrick in LBC's Westminster studio when he glued his hand to the microphone at around 11.40am.

Mr McGovern said that the station was 'not using' its 'massive platform' to inform listeners of the dangers of the climate crisis

Speaking live, Mr McGovern said to Mr Swarbrick: 'You have a massive platform, a microphone that you can use to tell people about the situation we're in and you're not using it.

'An ordinary person like me is having to take the microphone and tell your viewers the situation we are in.'

The LBC presenter said: 'For those of you listening wondering what the banging on the microphone is, Mr McGovern seems to have, you've glued yourself to the microphone? That's fantastic.'

After the incident, LBC presenter and Daily Mail columnist Andrew Pierce took over the live programme from Global's Leicester Square, before handing back to Mr Swarbrick when arrived there.

During this time, Mc McGovern was left in the studio in the dark while waiting for police to arrive.

He appeared as a spokesperson for Animal Rebellion advocating a 'plant-based food system' on Nigel Farage's GB News show in October 2021.

After the disruption, the group tweeted: 'Every new oil and gas facility tightens the noose around the necks of our young people. If the media will not communicate their predicament they will have no choice but to take the microphone.'

Just Stop Oil's official 'de-escalator': Pavel Ivanov

Mr Ivanov is billed as an expert in diffusing rows that break out at the protests when JSO's members shut down roads, for example.

Speaking to The Guardian he described the 'astonishing' abuse they suffer, in a tacit admission that they are struggling to win over many of their critics.

In one incident linked to the blockading of oil refineries, one driver who had protesters on his roof said: 'If the police weren't here, I'd come up and f**king throw you off myself.'

Another activist with a ladder was told: 'You put that up there, mate, and I'm going to ram it down your f**king throat'.

Mr Ivanov claims n one occasion someone got him by the throat as friends were heckled: 'You look like you're just out of nappies. Go and get a f**king job'. 

JSO's graphic designer who won't have a baby until she tries to 'fix the world':  Gabriella Ditton

Gabriella Ditton, 27, blocks a tanker in East Anglia last week

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Gabriella Ditton, 27, blocks a tanker in East Anglia last week

Another JSO activist is graphic designer Gabriella Ditton, 27, from Norfolk, who was arrested for blocking oil trucks on Friday. 

In a newspaper interview, Ms Ditton – who attended Wymondham College in Norfolk, where annual boarding fees are more than £12,000 – bragged: 'I've been arrested 16 times and it's honestly fine.' She has stripped naked and covered her body in oil at protests.

The group said last week: 'Gabriella would love nothing more than to have a family and continue her career as a graphic designer, but feels those things aren't an option for her anymore because of the state of the world'.

The 27-year-old, who works as an animator, became hooked after going to an Extinction Rebellion talk. She said: 'I was getting my life in order to have a baby and went to the Heading for Extinction talk. I realised I couldn't bring a baby into the world before trying to fix it first.

'I started the way everyone does, with petitions, emailing my MP, going on marches. But I realised it doesn't work. In the future, I want to be able to say with total sincerity that I did everything I could and really mean it. I'm so frightened about society falling apart – I'm so deadly terrified that I will do literally anything to prevent it from happening'.

Organic farmer and XR co-founder who branded the Holocaust 'just another f**kery in human history': Roger Hallam

Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, being arrested while setting up a toy drone inside London Heathrow airport's exclusion zone during a protest  in September 2019

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Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, being arrested while setting up a toy drone inside London Heathrow airport's exclusion zone during a protest  in September 2019

Roger Hallam is the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion who believes paralysing traffic will eventually cause food shortages and trigger uprisings.

He once stood unsuccessfully in the 2019 European Parliament election in the London constituency as an independent, winning 924 of the 2,241,681 votes cast, which was around 0.04 per cent of the vote.

He became interested in climate change in his 40s when an organic farm he ran in south Wales went bankrupt because of extreme weather conditions.

Hallam went on hunger strike in 2017 to demand King's College London stop investing in fossil fuels. His stated ambition for the group is to 'bring down all the regimes in the world and replace them', starting with Britain.

He encouraged his followers to get arrested at demonstrations en-masse as a way of raising awareness of climate change.

In a recent video on YouTube, he said protesters should be ready to cause disruption through personal 'sacrifice'. If necessary, they 'should be willing to die'.

In 2019 he apologised for comments he made describing the Holocaust as 'just another f**kery in human history'.

Hallam, 55, sparked outrage in Germany yesterday by comparing the murder of six million Jewish people at the hands of the Nazis to other historical massacres and claiming that the memory of the Shoah - or Holocaust - was holding Germany back.

The former organic farmer was quickly condemned by Extinction Rebellion groups in Germany, as well as the German government after his comments to a newspaper in the country

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