Protestors padlock petrol pumps

GREENPEACE activists stopped the petrol pumping at an Ipswich garage today.Protestors descended on the Esso filling station in Nacton Road, at about 8am.

GREENPEACE activists stopped the petrol pumping at an Ipswich garage today.

Protestors descended on the Esso filling station in Nacton Road, at about 8am.

They padlocked pumps and stole some electrical equipment which left the station unable to provide petrol.

A spokeswoman for Ipswich and Norwich Co-operative Society, which runs the garage for Esso, said fuel was flowing again from about 11.15am.

Police were called, but a spokeswoman for Suffolk Police said nobody was arrested and the incident was still being investigated.

The protest was part of a national campaign by Greenpeace protestors, who have accused Esso of backing a war in Iraq.

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More than 100 filling stations were closed across the country and about 1,000 staff at the company's Surrey headquarters were sent home.

The electrical switch stolen from the Nacton Road garage is set to be added to dozens of others stolen around the country before being posted to Esso's Texas base.

A Greenpeace spokesman said: "The action comes in response to Esso's ongoing campaign to keep the US hooked on oil, fuelling war and causing global warming."

An Esso spokesman rubbished the claims and said Iraq must be dealt with by governments, not companies

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