Just Stop Oil Activists Break into VIP Airfield to Spray Paint Planes Including Taylor Swift’s Jet

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Just Stop Oil Activists Break into VIP Airfield to Spray Paint Planes Including Taylor Swift’s Jet

Two Just Stop Oil activists broke into a VIP private airfield at Stansted Airport early this morning and vandalized several aircraft, allegedly just hours after Taylor Swift’s private jet landed.

Details of the Incident

The activists, identified as Jennifer Kowalski and Cole Macdonald, cut through the airfield’s perimeter fence shortly after 5 AM. Armed with fire extinguishers filled with orange paint, they spray-painted multiple jets before sitting in front of their handiwork for a photo op.

Statement from Just Stop Oil

Just Stop Oil released a statement on social media justifying their actions, claiming that “80% of the population has never taken a flight.” The group has been known for their dramatic protests to draw attention to climate change issues.

Arrests and Security Concerns

Essex Police have since arrested the pair. The breach has raised serious questions about the security protocols at the VIP airfield, especially given the high-profile nature of its clientele, which reportedly includes Taylor Swift. The pop star is scheduled to perform at Wembley Stadium as part of her Eras tour on Friday, but it is unclear if her jet was among those targeted.

Recent Activities by Just Stop Oil

This incident follows closely on the heels of another controversial protest by the group at Stonehenge. Yesterday, activists sprayed the ancient monument with orange paint, leading to widespread condemnation. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the act “disgraceful” and demanded accountability. Two activists involved in the Stonehenge vandalism, Niamh Lynch and Rajan Naidu, were arrested for damaging the historic site.

Public and Political Reaction

The vandalism at Stansted has sparked a fresh wave of criticism against Just Stop Oil. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer have both condemned the group’s actions. Sunak called for immediate condemnation from those associated with Just Stop Oil, while Starmer labelled the activists “pathetic” and urged that they face the full force of the law.

Ongoing Investigations

Essex Police are continuing their investigation into the airfield break-in. The security breach has prompted a review of safety measures at VIP airfields to prevent future incidents.

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