COPS have handed out a number of vegan meals to prisoners after arresting more than 1,100 Extinction Rebellion activists in London, it’s claimed.
Pallets of meat-free dishes and dairy-free drinks were reportedly hurriedly delivered to its police stations amid a surge of detainees after eco-protests in the capital.
MailOnline can reveal today the Metropolitan Police had to buy in vegan meals to feed the Extinction Rebellion activists.
They have been arrested after the group brought the capital to a standstill this week, with protesters today targeting the BBC’s main office on a fifth day of action.
But during the last protest in April the vast majority of detainees shun meat and diary products moaned about the lack of vegan options on the menu.
Tonight the eco-warriors were tucking into a vegetarian chilli
Inspector Brian Smith of Brixton station revealed they ordered in extra vegan portions after detainees complained about a shortage of alternatives to cow’s milk, such as soya and almond milk.
In a video posted to social media, Inspector Smith said: “Well everyone knows we ran a bit low last time so this time we’ve got plenty.
“In fact yesterday a pallet load of vegan food was delivered so we’ve got plenty for everyone.”
RECORD NUMBERS OF VEGAN MEALS SCOFFED
A Metropolitan Police source told the MailOnline: “Record numbers of vegan meals are being used in our cells.”
Options for non vegan or vegetarian prisoners include chicken tikka, chicken korma and spicy chicken with rice.
It comes after staff at Brixton police station were sent a thank you note and flowers by one Extinction Rebellion detainee after they were let go.
It read: “To all the kind souls at Brixton police station, for all you have done with decency and professionalism.”
WHO ARE EXTINCTION REBELLION?
Extinction Rebellion is calling on the Government declare a climate and ecological emergency, act immediately to halt wildlife loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
Earlier in the year, Parliament declared a climate and environment emergency and the Government has passed a law to cut emissions to net zero by 2050, far later than the activists are demanding.
The group staged 11 days of protests in London in April that disrupted public transport and roads.
On Thursday Extinction Rebellion activists used a fire engine to hose red liquid at the Treasury to draw attention to what they said was the government’s failure to avert climate disaster.
Last week the Met warned that the protests were taking officers away from other vital roles in the capital including tackling knife crime and domestic violence.
More resources have been used policing climate change protest than focusing on terror, it was said.
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But Metropolitan Police chief Cressida Dick said the force has been “stretched” by Extinction Rebellion protests, impeding its ability to respond to other crimes.
At the end of a week of demonstrations that has seen more than 1,100 arrests, the force was also dealing with the fatal stabbings of two teenagers in the city within a matter of hours.
Dame Cressida said she hoped the protesters would choose to either “protest lawfully” or “go home” after their “failure to take and occupy the streets that they wanted to”.
She said: “If they do that then of course I can deploy many of my officers back to the streets, back to the neighbourhoods, back to the schools, back to the wards of the people of London.
“We are responding to all serious matters and urgent matters of course, carrying on with our crime investigations in homicide or armed robbery… but we’re having to move work from one unit to another and the less urgent, less critical, less important work of course gets delayed.”
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