Extinction Rebellion protesters gather outside Labour Party conference

Extinction Rebellion protesters – accompanied by a boat – have blocked a street in Brighton as they demonstrate outside the Labour Party conference.

Environmental activists have turned out in their hundreds at the seaside city, causing traffic to back up along the coast earlier on Sunday.

It comes just a day after lorries at the Port of Dover were brought to a standstill for a brief time as protesters imposed a “blockade”.

Sussex Police is aware of the protest and drivers are being advised to avoid the area.

This morning the protesters unveiled “Greta”, a combination between a lighthouse and a boat, which has formed the centrepiece of the march.

The ship played an “alternative shipping forecast”, warning: “Crisis imminent. There are warnings of gales in all areas except Westminter, where disruption is expected. Soon.”

The protest comes as Brighton hosts the Labour Party conference.

A Sussex Police spokesman said at 12.48pm: “A259 seafront in #Brighton now flowing freely again.

“The protest has come to a halt in Old Steine and small bit of road just north of Palace Pier roundabout is blocked, but traffic is diverting around it and the rest of the city is unaffected. Likely to last into the afternoon.”

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