Police arrest protester for starting fire outside Buckingham Palace gate

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    A protester was tackled and arrested by police after appearing to set a fire outside Buckingham Palace gates.

    Footage of the incident was posted on Twitter and showed a blaze outside the gates which a police spokesperson has since confirmed has been extinguinshed.

    A Met Police spokesperson said: "Shortly after 22.08hrs on Tuesday, 20 December, a 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage after a small fire was seen near the Buckingham Palace gates.

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    "The man has been taken into custody. The fire has been extinguished."

    Footage of the incident was posted on Twitter and shows the suspect being apprehended by a police officer who succeeded in forcing him to the ground.

    A second police officer then arrived onto the scene to secure the arrest.

    This wasn't the first protest surrounding Buckingham Palace as earlier this year, an unrelated incident involving climate activists caused the blocking off of The Mall by orchestrating a sit-down protest.

    Around 30 activists were involved as they sat peacefully, hoisting up Just Stop Oil banners.

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    Activist Ailith Stewart, 20, a student from Edinburgh, said: "I'm taking action with Just Stop Oil because I'm tired of feeling ignored by the government at Westminster.

    "Their decisions don't represent the best interests of the people. There is so much that can be done to mitigate the climate crisis, but this government seems intent on 'ignoring it all and making ordinary people suffer in the name of profit.

    "If there's any chance we can show them that the people won't stand for it, I want to take it. There's more of us than there are of them, and we're where their power comes from."

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