Live updates as Tower Bridge closed after Extinction Rebellion protesters abseil down it to hang giant banner

Tower Bridge has been shut after protesters abseiled off the sides and hung a banner. Extinction Rebellion and Just Stop Oil protestors took over the bridge shortly after 7.30am as several suspended themselves off the side.

A bright green banner was unfurled reading ‘End fossil fuels now’, before another group walked into the middle of the bridge to stop traffic. Police then shut down the route, causing long queues.

It comes amid continuing protests across the UK, activists set to shut down parts of the capital over climate change this weekend. The climate campaign has announced daily “mass participation” protests in central London beginning this Saturday (April 9) for at least a week, with mass arrests expected.

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