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Extinction Rebellion: Chief Inspector's advice to commuters

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Ch Insp Mark Runacres offers this advice to road users:

  • Remain calm
  • Leave more time for their journeys
  • Know what’s going on
  • The police expect this "swarming activity" to occur on a number of occasions today so be flexible

There are protests and talks going on at Park Street this afternoon and at 6pm a go-slow cycle ride around the city centre is expected to cause some delays.

The protests are expected to continue to cause effect road users over the next 48-72 hours.

Extinction Rebellion protest divides opinion

Extinction Rebellion
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Well what a glorious own goal by the protesters. Having caused congestion the resultant air polution is greater than it would be on an average day. All that traffic backed up on the M32. Yet again the general populous are being dictated to by a vociferous minority.

Roger Lacey

We have six hospitals in our city center, patients trying to get to appointments who will be late ... sick people having chemo or somebody being blue lighted to Bristol Heart Institute and workers trying to get to work to provide services... I'm all for climate change but the way you are doing it is disgusting and damaging to people ... make a point but not by us having to suffer.

Tara Neale

Not sure this really helps to be honest. We need facts, data, scientists and academics leading this, not people gluing themselves to things [who] will just be seen as a nuisance.

John Leyden
Extinction Rebellion
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Have they taken a weeks annual leave for this? Or are they all no job flipping dossers!!

Hayley Thomas

Well done! Rather than just moan, you're doing something proactive!! Thank you!

Donna Humphries

We're really behind you Extinction Rebellion. Keep up the good work. Sometimes you have to do something radical to bring about change. Vital change too! Well done for your bravery!

Charlie Morris

Any other demo, this would be breaking the law...

Karen Davies

Severe disruption: M32 Bristol southbound

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M32 Bristol southbound severe disruption, at J3 for A4320 Easton Way.

M32 Bristol - Road closed and queues on M32 inbound in City of Bristol at J3, A4320 (St Pauls). Diversion in operation - via exit and entry slip roads.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Extinction Rebellion protest: Latest photos

There's still long delays on the M32 into Bristol - here's why.

Extinction Rebellion
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Extinction Rebellion
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Extinction Rebellion
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Extinction Rebellion
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The view as motorists drove into Bristol this morning

Extinction Rebellion blocked the M32 on a second day of protests against climate change

Police 'did not know' about the Extinction Rebellion M32 protest

Extinction Rebellion
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Avon and Somerset Police said they didn't know about the Extinction Rebeliion protest moving to the M32 Cabot Circus junction this morning.

Ch Insp Mark Runacres said their declaration that they will be taking "arrestable action" may "test our position around that" but confirmed that "there’s no policy decisions made yet".

“Throughout the duration of this protest we’ve been looking to facilitate where - we need to - a peaceful protest... and arresting someone needs to be lawful, justified proportionate and necessary.”

He also assured the public that their safety is the priority "but we do need to balance the rights of the protesters with the rights of the rest of the residents and people who are working in the area".

The problem we’ve had is in this scenario we’re taking about hundreds of protester and it’s not feasible to arrest hundreds of people... the logistical challenges of that becomes unmanageable for us.

Mark RunacresChief Inspector

Extinction Rebellion protest: Long queues on M32

The whole length of the M32 is pretty much at a standstill now - all the way back to the M4 junction.

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Extinction Rebellion protest: Blocking M32 a 'tactical error'

Here's what Bristol's mayor Marvin Rees says.

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Extinction Rebellion protest: Latest pictures from the M32

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M32 problems: Queues going back as far as the M4

Lots of other roads are also affected around the city as motorists attempt to find a way around. The A38 looks particularly affected.

M32 map
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Extinction Rebellion take over M32 Cabot Circus junction

Extinction Rebellion have blocked the M32 at the Cabot Circus junction.

There’s a large police presence and the protesters have stated they are taking “arrestable action”.

There will be disruption on the roads for commuters and police are asking people to leave extra time for journeys.

This is part of a week-long series of protests by the Extinction Rebellion group in Bristol.

M32 problems: Latest view

Here's what it looks like if you're travelling in on the M32.

The nearest side is the southbound carriageway.

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Severe disruption: A4044 Bristol both ways

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A4044 Bristol both ways severe disruption, at A4032 Newfoundland Street.

A4044 Bristol - A4044 Bond Street blocked and stationary in both directions at the A4032 Newfoundland Street junction, because of Extinction Rebellion a demonstration.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Extinction Rebellion swarm M32 and naked in council meeting

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Extinction Rebellion protesters have been swarming roads in Bristol's city center.

The protesters were converging on major roads in the city center from 4.30 pm and then moved on to other roads to continue their demonstration.

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A driver told a BBC reporter they thought there was a better way the demonstrations could be done that were not so disruptive to people working.

She added: "People need to get somewhere, I think it's silly".

Protesters are blocking Bristol city center roads

There have also been reports of five naked men and women seen in Bristol City Council's city hall building at 5.46 pm.

They allegedly stood up during a council meeting and took off their tops to revel the words "Act Now" written across their chests.

These protests are part of five-days of demonstrations asking for the government to declare a climate emergency.

Severe disruption: A4044 Bristol eastbound

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A4044 Bristol eastbound severe disruption, at A4032 Newfoundland Street.

A4044 Bristol - Queues on A4044 Bond Street eastbound in Bristol City Centre at the A4032 Newfoundland Street junction, because of a temporary closure and Extinction Rebellion a demonstration.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A4044 Bristol northbound

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A4044 Bristol northbound severe disruption, at A4032 Newfoundland Street.

A4044 Bristol - Queues on A4044 Bond Street northbound in Bristol City Centre at the A4032 Newfoundland Street junction, because of a temporary closure and a demonstration.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A4018 Bristol both ways

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A4018 Bristol both ways severe disruption, from B4051 Queens Road to St George's Road.

A4018 Bristol - Queues on A4018 Park Street in both directions in Tyndalls Park from the B4051 Queens Road junction to the St George's Road junction, because of a temporary closure and Extinction Rebellion a demonstration.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Extinction Rebellion protest: Bus services impacted by march

Extinction Rebellion protest: March in centre

If you're heading towards Bristol city centre any time soon then be aware there is currently a march going through there.

March in Bristol
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Severe disruption: A4018 Bristol both ways

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A4018 Bristol both ways severe disruption, near College Lane.

A4018 Bristol - Queues on A4018 College Green in both directions near the College Lane junction, because of a temporary closure and Extinction Rebellion a demonstration.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Bristol Bridge protest: Council want 'fair balance'

Extinction Rebellion have been holding a protest in the centre of Bristol since Monday morning which has meant Bristol Bridge is blocked.

The city council says it wants to find a "fair balance" between the right to protest and the "need to keep the city moving".

The closure meant problems for motorists in the city on Monday and Tuesday morning and also led to delays on the city's bus network.

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If you go down to the woods... next week

Brown bear
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Bears are acclimatising in a huge new woodland habitat, which will be the UK's largest brown bear exhibit.

They will live alongside wolves, lynx and wolverine, as they would have done thousands of years ago, at Wild Place Project, South Gloucestershire,

Bear Wood is set to open to the public on 25 July.

Brown bears
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Brown bear
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BreakingMan is arrested after 'gimp suit' incident

The victim took this picture as the "gimp man" came towards her
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A man has been arrested in connection with an incident where someone dressed in a gimp suit jumped out on a woman in a village.

She was walking in Claverham,North Somerset, when she saw "someone charging at me in a full black rubbery suit".

The man advanced towards her "grunting and breathing heavily" before fleeing the scene, she said.

The man was arrested on Monday following the incident on Thursday night, a spokesman said.

Severe disruption: Bristol westbound

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Bristol westbound severe disruption, at Temple Way.

Bristol - Queues on Castle Street westbound in Broadmead at Old Market Roundabout, because of a temporary closure and Extinction Rebellion a demonstration. On the roundabout.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Police latest on fire in St Phillips

The fire in Bristol seems to be under control now.

Police said the fire was three caravans and a car on fire with a suggestion that there could be people inside one of them.

There was no casualties and the ambulance service has been stood down.

Caravan on fire near St Phillips with possible 'person trapped'

Large fire near Bristol Temple Meads railway station

We've just been sent this photo - we're checking to find out more.

Fire near BTM
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Problems on the Avon Ring Road due to grass cutting

Watch out if you're driving, or planning to get the Metrobus into Bristol.

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