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Three people have been arrested after two protests disrupted tennis at Wimbledon on the third day of the tournament Adam Davy/PA
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Three climate activists arrested after interrupting Wimbledon games despite increased security

Two men and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass and criminal damage.

LAST UPDATE | 5 Jul 2023

CLIMATE ACTIVISTS DISRUPTED two tennis games at Wimbledon this afternoon by running onto the court and throwing what appeared to be confetti onto the grass. 

The two Just Stop Oil demonstrators managed to get onto Court 18 and bring the match between Sho Shimabukuro and Grigor Dimitrov to a halt despite the club putting heightened security measures in place to prevent exactly such an interruption. 

Another protester made it onto the same court two hours later, leading to the suspension of a match between Katie Boulter and Daria Saville.

The incidents are another in a series of stoppages at high-profile UK sporting events caused by Just Stop Oil activists this year.

The group has also disrupted the English Premiership rugby final, World Snooker Championship and most recently an Ashes cricket game. 

Just Stop Oil has tweeted a video confirming the organisation’s role in the incident. In another tweet the climate change group said, “We can’t leave it to the next generation to pick up the pieces of our government’s failing climate policies”.

Wimbledon also tweeted giving details about the court invasion, saying that three individuals had been arrested and removed from the grounds of the All England Club. 

“Following an incident on Court 18, two individuals have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass and criminal damage and these individuals have now been removed from the Grounds,” the statement said. 

“Play on the court was temporarily paused and, following a suspension in play due to a rain delay, play is about to resume.”

The man disrupting the Boulter vs Saville match was also arrested.

The protest activity of Just Stop Oil has become the focus of heated political debate in the UK of late and it looks set to remain so throughout the summer and beyond. 

With reporting from Jamie McCarron

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