Protesters get on the runway at Heathrow

13 July 2015

plane There's trouble afoot at Heathrow as climate change demonstrators have got themselves onto the north runway to have themselves a protest.

A spokesperson for group Plane Stupid (geddit?) said that a dozen or so demonstrators cut their way through the airport perimeter fence and got onto the runway at 3.30am this morning. Seems like they got on a bit too easily, if that's all they had to do.

This particular protest, of course, is regarding the Heathrow expansion and the protesters plan on staying there for as long as they can. This inevitably will see a few harder-nosed people demanding that the protesters get run over by planes, no doubt.

A Heathrow spokesperson confirmed that "a group of people" had got through the fence: "We are working closely with the police who are dealing with the incident. The southern runway remains open. Our priority remains to ensure the safety of the airport community, including passengers, employees and protesters."

"Both runways are open and operational but we expect some delays/cancellations. We're advising passengers to check with their airline."

Sky got to talk to one of the activists - Ella Gilbert - and they said: "Building more runways goes against everything we're being told by scientists and experts on climate change."

"This would massively increase carbon emissions exactly when we need to massively reduce them, that's why we're here. We want to say sorry to anyone whose day we've ruined, and we're not saying that everybody who wants to fly is a bad person."

"It's those who fly frequently and unnecessarily who are driving the need for expansion, and we cannot keep ignoring the terrifying consequences of flying like there's no tomorrow. No ifs, no buts, no third runway. And we mean it."

1 comment

  • Simon
    What a dappy cow that Ella Gilbert is - you are just plain stupid and deserve to be tied to the runway and have planes land over you Anyway, my flight into Heathrow this morning didn't hold at all for a change

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