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Climate protesters climb, wrap Sunak’s home in ‘oil-black fabric’

Some activists have climbed on the roof of United Kingdom Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak’s home in his North Yorkshire constituency to protest at 100 new North Sea oil and gas licences.


BBC News reported that campaigners had unfurled “oil-black fabric” on one side of the house at Kirby Sigston, near Northallerton.


Although, according to Sunak’s office, neither he nor his family were present at the house at the time of the protest, as he and his family are on holiday in California.


Police officers have also promotly responded to “reports of protest activity”, according to the North Yorkshire Police.


“Officers are at the scene and managing the situation,” it added.


When asked about the incident, the Deputy Prime Minister, Oliver Dowden, said he thought the British people were “sick of these stupid stunts”.


One of the protesters, Philip Evans, told the BBC, “We’re here to bring home to the prime minister the really serious consequences of a new drilling frenzy in the North Sea.”


Evans declined to say how the activists had gained access to the house.


Responding to the protest, a No 10 source said, “We make no apology for taking the right approach to ensure our energy security, using the resources we have here at home so we are never reliant on aggressors like Putin for our energy.


“We are also investing in renewables and our approach supports 1000s of British jobs.”


North Yorkshire Police said it was made aware of the incident at the property at 08:06 BST.


“Officers have contained the area and no one has entered the building,” a spokesperson said.

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