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Just Stop Oil Stunt Backfires After Activists Target VIP Airfield

Another Just Stop Oil stunt has backfired after eco zealots broke into a VIP airfield at Stansted where they claimed Taylor Swift’s luxury jet was parked. However, airport officials have confirmed that the popstar’s private plane was not stationed there, leaving the now-arrested intruders rather red (or orange) faced.

The incident follows the group’s headline-grabbing attack on Stonehenge in Wiltshire yesterday, where activists sprayed the ancient monument with orange paint. This act of vandalism led Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to brand them “a disgrace.”

Far from raising awareness of climate change, their antics sparked widespread condemnation after it emerged the group could have irreparably damaged rare lichen that lives on the rocks.

Less than 24 hours later, the group struck again. At 5am, protesters Jennifer Kowalski, 28, and Cole Macdonald, 22, cut into Stansted’s private airfield and attacked jets using fire extinguishers filled with orange paint.

Footage from the scene shows the pair brazenly cutting through a wire fence at the perimeter of the airfield and crawling under to gain access. Both protesters have since been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and interference with the use of national infrastructure, Essex Police said.

The group claimed they spray-painted the aircraft “hours after Taylor Swift’s own jet arrived.” However, Stansted airport confirmed that Taylor Swift’s jet was not in the vicinity.

Video taken from the scene shows the two activists spray-painting a series of jets before sitting proudly in front of their vandalism and embracing in a smug hug. Sharing their breaking and entering on social media, a spokesman for the group justified the action by declaring that “80% of the population had never taken a flight.”

The pair have since been arrested, and MailOnline has approached Essex Police for further information. Speaking before the stunt, Jennifer Kowalski, who describes herself as a full-time JSO activist on LinkedIn, claimed she “had to take desperate measures to make her voice heard.”

This is the latest in a series of attention-seeking stunts the group has foisted on the public this summer. Yesterday, members of the public intervened after two Just Stop Oil protesters sprayed Stonehenge with orange paint, sparking widespread condemnation.

Video footage posted on social media showed two people, wearing white shirts with Just Stop Oil emblazoned on the front, running up to the ancient monoliths with canisters and spraying paint all over them. One woman desperately tried to drag the protesters away before other members of the public joined in to help her.

The protesters, Niamh Lynch, 21, a student from Oxford, and Rajan Naidu, 73, from Birmingham, have been arrested on suspicion of damaging the historical monument. As police officers led the pair away, one man shouted: “You dirty scum. This is a temple, not a publicity stunt!”

Several stones dating back to the late Neolithic period were covered during the incident, which happened at around noon, the day before the summer solstice is celebrated at Stonehenge.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak condemned the attack as a “disgraceful act of vandalism to one of the UK’s and the world’s oldest and most important monuments.”

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also criticized the activists, calling Just Stop Oil “pathetic” in a tweet. “The damage done to Stonehenge is outrageous. Just Stop Oil are pathetic. Those responsible must face the full force of the law,” he wrote.

Historian Tom Holland, who has previously hailed Stonehenge as one of Europe’s most precious prehistoric sites, also criticized the attack. He wrote on X: “Parade your concern for the planet by destroying endangered lichens. Sympathy transmuted into utter loathing.”

Wiltshire Police said officers attended the scene and arrested two people. A spokesman added: “At around noon, we responded to a report that orange paint had been sprayed on some of the stones by two suspects. Officers attended the scene and arrested two people on suspicion of damaging the ancient monument. Our inquiries are ongoing, and we are working closely with English Heritage.

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