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But the Home Secretary said : "Hard-working people across our country are seeing their lives brought to a standstill by selfish, fanatical and frankly dangerous so-called activists.

the protesters have vowed to continue taking action until the government agrees on a ban on all new fossil fuel projects.

a no 10 spokeswoman said : "we recognise the strength of feeling and the right to protest is a cornerstone of our democracy, but we won't tolerate guerrilla tactics that obstruct people going about their day-to-day business."

She added : "We fully support the police who are putting significant resource into their response to the demonstrations."

Shadow justice secretary Steve Reed said : "This is all happening on the government's watch.

They need to sort it out.

"Fuels continue to be delivered, meaning stocks are being replenished," he said.

Priti Patel has tried to blame the opposition Labour Party for fuel shortages, as petrol stations close across Britain.

Activists from the Just Stop Oil group have blocked the entrances outside key terminals across the country and made it hard to move fuel in and out.

The police have my full backing in doing everything necessary to address this public nuisance."

Protesters say they have dug a tunnel under a road to block deliveries to the Kingsbury oil terminal in Warwickshire; they have also locked themselves to the gates of the Buncefield terminal in Hertfordshire and disrupted the Exolum storage terminal in Grays, Essex.

The department for business, energy and industrial strategy has claimed "all fuel supply points are fully operational" in an apparent bid to reduce panic-buying and petrol stations run dry.

"we have no choice but to enter into civil resistance until the government announces an end to new oil and gas projects in the uk."

The force said 180 people had been arrested at the site since 1 April.

"This weekend's protest activity has been contained to the Piccadilly Way area and has caused little disruption to the wider community, or to the operations of the oil terminal.

"While we will always recognise and respect the public's right to peaceful protest, we will take action against anyone who breaks the law or causes significant impact on the local community."

The party said it would make it easier for police to arrest those seeking to cause "misery for motorists".

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The government is facing a call for "nationwide injunctions" to stop Just Stop Oil ( JSO ) protesters disrupting the delivery of fuel to forecourts.

JSO said : "Over 400 people have joined actions that have succeeded in stopping operations for up to 24 hours at a time at 11 critical oil terminals that supply fuel to hundreds of petrol stations across the Midlands and south of England.

"As many as one in three petrol stations are being reported as shut in the south of England due to the disruption caused by the actions.

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