Extinction Rebellion activists are continuing protests despite a London-wide ban by police.
The group says it has taken initial steps towards a judicial review of the ban. Lawyers and politicians have also criticised the move.
Meanwhile climate change protesters targeted the Department for Transport and MI5 on Tuesday morning.
A government spokeswoman said protests “should not disrupt people’s day-to-day lives”.
Extinction Rebellion’s co-founder, Gail Bradbrook, was arrested after climbing on to the entrance of the Department for Transport on Tuesday morning. Police also cleared further protesters from outside the building.
Activists have also been arrested on Millbank outside MI5’s headquarters, where a small group had gathered. Two men briefly sat in the middle of the road before being moved by officers.
The Metropolitan Police began clearing protesters from Trafalgar Square on Monday evening following the announcement of new restrictions under Section 14 of the Public Order Act, which required activists to stop their protests in central London by 21:00 BST or risk arrest.
The force said it decided to impose the rules after “continued breaches” of conditions which limited the demonstrations to Trafalgar Square.
Extinction Rebellion said it had taken the “first steps” towards a judicial review of the Met’s “disproportionate and unprecedented attempt to curtail peaceful protest”.
“Our lawyers have delivered a ‘Letter before Action’ to the Met and asked for an immediate response,” a statement read.
Tobias Garnett, a human rights lawyer working for the movement, said the letter warned police to withdraw the order, giving them a deadline of 1430 BST to respond, or else the group would file a claim in the High Court.
“We will be looking for an expedited hearing either today or tomorrow morning,” he added.
The Met confirmed it had received “pre-action judicial review correspondence” alleging Human Rights Act breaches.
“The letter will be reviewed by the Met’s Directorate of Legal Services, and we will respond to the claimant in due course,” a statement read, adding it would be “inappropriate” to comment further.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said he is “seeking further information” about the decision to impose the ban and why it was necessary.
“I believe the right to peaceful and lawful protest must always be upheld,” he said.
A spokeswoman for the government said the UK was “already taking world-leading action to combat climate change”.
The statement added: “While we share people’s concerns about global warming, and respect the right to peaceful protest, it should not disrupt people’s day-to-day lives.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted that “supporting our [police] is vital” and accused the Labour Party of supporting “law breakers”.
‘Overreach of powers’
Meanwhile, lawyers have also questioned whether the ban by police is legal.
Anti-Brexit barrister Jo Maugham QC said the move was “a huge overreach” of police powers, while human rights lawyer Adam Wagner described it as “draconian and extremely heavy-handed”.
Mr Wagner added in a tweet: “We have a right to free speech under article 10 and to free assembly under article 11 of the (annex to the) Human Rights Act. These can only be interfered with if the interference is lawful and proportionate. I think the police may have gone too far here.”
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott tweeted: “This ban is completely contrary to Britain’s long-held traditions of policing by consent, freedom of speech, and the right to protest.”
Allan Hogarth, of Amnesty International, issued a statement saying the ban was “an unlawful restriction on the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly”.
A number of demonstrations have been staged across the capital by Extinction Rebellion, which is calling on the government to do more to tackle climate change.
The protests were due to last two weeks and have led to more than 1,400 arrests.
The Met said there had been 1,457 arrests by 08:45 BST on Tuesday, in connection with the nine days of Extinction Rebellion protests in London.
Last week, the Home Office confirmed to BBC News that it was reviewing police powers around protests in response to recent demonstrations.
What are the rules around protests?
Police have the powers to ban a protest under the Public Order Act 1986, if a senior officer has reasonable belief that it may cause “serious disruption to the life of the community”.
Police are also under a duty to balance the task of keeping the streets open with the right freedom of assembly under the Article 11 of the Human Rights Act 1998 and freedom of expression, under Article 10. These rights are not absolute – the state can curtail them.
However, the BBC’s home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani said: “The test, if and when it gets to a human rights court battle, is whether police action was proportionate to the threat and only what was strictly necessary.”
By law, the organiser of a public march must tell the police certain information in writing six days in advance.
Police have the power to limit or change the route of the march or set other conditions.
A Section 14 notice issued under the Public Order Act allows police to impose conditions on a static protest and individuals who fail to comply with these can be arrested.
A shopkeeper was murdered at his newsagents in north-west London by a “one-man crimewave”.
Alex Gunn, 31, stabbed 54-year-old Ravi Katharkamar to death inside his shop in Pinner at 06:00 GMT on 24 March.
The Old Bailey heard after Gunn attacked the father-of-two, he stole £100 and went on to burgle two homes. He drove off in a car he had stolen.
Gunn was found guilty of murder, burglary, theft and robbery. He will be sentenced on Friday.
Vignarani Aiyathirai, Mr Katharkamar’s widow, said the thought her “kind, humorous and loving” husband was killed over £100, “haunted” her.
“I hate the fact he was alone, that I was not there to hold or comfort him, tend to his wounds or tell him I loved him and that all would be OK,” she added in a statement read out in court.
“I constantly wonder if the man who did this will ever realise or care that he has left such a huge trail of devastation within my family.”
The attack, which was captured on the shop’s CCTV, showed Gunn holding a knife to Mr Katharkamar’s throat and grappling with him before stabbing him in the chest.
Mr Katharkamar was found by a jogger who called the emergency services but they pronounced him dead at the scene.
Gunn, of Pinner Grove, Pinner, will also be sentenced for driving while disqualified, which he had previously admitted.
Describing Gunn as a “one-man crimewave”, prosecutor Bill Emlyn Jones QC told jurors he was also responsible for a string of burglaries and thefts to fund his drug habit.
Det Ch Insp Simon Stancombe said the two men could not be more different.
“Ravi was a warm and loving father and husband. A man who worked long hours to support his young family and run his shop in the heart of the local community in Pinner,” he said.
“Alex Gunn, on the other hand, is a career criminal who has spent much of his adult life preying on other people.
“Alex Gunn is an odious, vile and dangerous individual who I am pleased to say will now be in prison for a very long time.”
Two killers stabbed a man to death then changed clothes in a nearby London mosque so they could successfully evade police, a court has heard.
Kamal Hussain, 22, and Yosef Ahmed, 18, are accused of attacking Zahir Visiter near his home on 28 March.
The Old Bailey was told the pair were spoken to by officers as they searched London Central Mosque, but they were let go as they had changed clothing.
The defendants, both of north-west London, deny murder.
The jury heard Mr Visiter had left his home in Hucknall Court with £280 to give to an unnamed person shortly after 18:10 BST.
Soon after, the 25-year-old was found fatally injured in nearby Cunningham Place and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.
Prosecutor James Mulholland QC told the court no witnesses had seen the stabbing but “footage shows the two defendants at various stages” of the “pre-planned” attack.
“No-one else is anywhere near Mr Visiter – other than these two individuals – at the point of his collapse or at any stage before it,” he said.
The jury heard the two defendants had watched the victim “for just under a minute as others come to Zahir Visiter’s aid”.
‘Significantly altered appearance’
Mr Mulholland said they then ran to the mosque, beside Regent’s Park, where they changed their clothing in a washroom cubicle.
“This significantly altered their appearance. Both then left the building into the general environment of the mosque wearing T-shirts,” he said.
He told the Old Bailey police officers had begun a search of the mosque by that point and they were spoken to but allowed to leave “as their descriptions did not match those of the suspects”.
The pair had then arrested at a later date, but they had denied any involvement, the court was told.
The trial continues.
A man accused of murdering a 21-year-old by slashing his neck in a bar has told his trial he believed his victim was “possibly” armed.
Shane O’Brien, 31, fatally stabbed Josh Hanson after a brief conversation in RE Bar in Hillingdon, west London, in October 2015, jurors were told.
Mr O’Brien, who denies murder, told the Old Bailey he thought he saw “something shiny” being passed to Mr Hanson.
He previously told jurors he feared Mr Hanson was “ready to attack” him.
Giving evidence on Monday, Mr O’Brien said Mr Hanson “started being very aggressive, by his facial expressions”.
He added: “Personally I felt like he was ready to attack me.”
In cross-examination on Tuesday, prosecutor Mark Heywood QC asked him: “At the time did you see Mr Hanson with a weapon?”
Mr O’Brien replied: “I didn’t see him obviously with a weapon.
“He possibly could have had a weapon and I had seen him passed something shiny.
“In my mind, when I went up to approach him I felt under threat and possibly he could have had a weapon.”
Jurors have been shown video of the moment Mr Hanson was attacked.
The council worker was stabbed in front of his girlfriend shortly after 01:00 BST, after the bar lights came on for closing time, and suffered a 37cm (14.5in) wound from his left ear to the right side of his chest, the court has heard.
Mr O’Brien’s trial has been told he accepted he used the blade to cause Mr Hanson’s death but was not “criminally responsible” because he did not mean to kill him.
The trial continues.
Goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell earned West Ham their second successive home win against Manchester United, who remain without a league win on their travels since February.
Yarmolenko opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time, sending a low finish past David de Gea following patient build-up play involving Mark Noble and Felipe Anderson.
Cresswell sealed all three points for the Hammers in the second half with a superb free-kick into the top right-hand corner.
Chances were at a premium in a cagey first half at London Stadium, with Noble’s deflected effort from Pablo Fornals’ free-kick the closest either team came to a breakthrough before Yarmolenko’s strike.
Juan Mata should have levelled for the visitors two minutes into the second half but failed to hit the target after connecting well with Andreas Pereira’s low cross.
The result lifts West Ham above the Red Devils in the table, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side remain three points off the top four.
More to follow.
Thousands of people are protesting across the UK, with pupils leaving schools and workers downing tools as part of a global “climate strike” day.
Millions are taking part around the world with rallies in British cities including Glasgow, Manchester and London, urging “climate justice”.
Anna Taylor, 18, a co-founder of UK Student Climate Network said it was “very easy” to get people to show up.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said “every child should be in school”.
“They should be learning, they shouldn’t be bunking off and it’s very irresponsible for people to encourage children to do so,” he added.
Student Jessica Ahmed, 16, emailed her school to warn that she would be joining the protests instead of being in class.
Speaking at a protest in Westminster, Miss Ahmed, of Barnet, north London, said: “School is important but so is my future.
“If politicians were taking the appropriate action we need – and had been taking this action a long time ago when it was recognised the world was changing in a negative way – then I would not have to be skipping school.”
Demonstrations have also been organised in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Brighton, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Birmingham.
Students let off alarm bells at 13:00 BST to “raise the alarm” for the climate.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn addressed the climate change protest in Westminster, saying: “If we’re going to sustain this planet we need to get to net zero emissions a lot, lot quicker than 2050 [the government’s target].”
He said he wanted every country to signed up to the Paris Agreement and, referring to President Donald Trump, said it was “disgraceful when you get a president of a major country like the US” who says they will walk away.
Dozens of pupils from John Stainer Community Primary school in Brockley, south-east London, are among those taking part in the capital.
Head teacher Sue Harte said the school had decided to take part because “climate change is clearly a big issue” and “children need to know that they have a right to democratic protest”.
Sebastian, a pupil at the school, said he joined the protests to help fight global warming.
“They, the government, don’t understand that we’re going to go through it and they are not,” he said.
Eight-year-old Sohan and Nayan, five, also from south-east London, joined protesters with their mother, Celine.
Sohan said: “We want to save our planet and we hope that marching will help.”
Hundreds of climate activists – including children in school uniform – have staged a mass “die in” in Belfast, where they lay down in the city centre.
One Extinction Rebellion activist, Lorraine Montague from County Tyrone, was dressed as a swan to highlight the threat of climate change to wildlife.
She said: “Our climate is at crisis point and the government is not doing anything about it. We have to support the young people, they are the ones who started this strike.
“We are grieving for our future. I don’t feel happy about having children the way our climate is going.”
Extinction Rebellion ‘solidarity’
Extinction Rebellion, which organised its own climate and environment protests in the UK earlier this year, said it stood “in solidarity” with those taking part.
It added that its members were joining the strikes and holding their own events, including a choir and “kids’ space” in Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster, and outside King’s College London.
Some trade unions, including the TUC, the University and College Union and Unite, are supporting members who take part in the “strikes”.
Co-operative Bank says it is supporting workers who want to join the action, while US clothing brand Patagonia is closing all of its stores and taking out adverts to back the protesters.
But in Norwich, protester Tiffany Wallace said the company where she worked declined to give her time off work join demonstrators “because they didn’t think it was important”, she said.
“The worst thing they can do do is fire me,” said the 33-year-old.
“I don’t feel I should compromise my own values and integrity and what’s important, so I can make money for a business.”
The action follows earlier school strikes inspired by activist Greta Thunberg.
The teenager, from Sweden, is set to join a rally planned in New York, where world leaders will meet at the UN next week to discuss climate change.
Energy minister Kwasi Kwarteng said he could not “endorse children leaving school” to take part in the protests.
But he said he did support “their energy, their creativity, and the fact that they have completely mastered these issues and take them very seriously”.
British Airways pilots have called off the next strike in their dispute, which had been scheduled for 27 September.
Last week, a two-day stoppage called by the pilots’ union, Balpa, forced BA to cancel almost all its flights.
The strike followed failed negotiations between the union and the airline over a pay offer of 11.5% over three years.
Balpa said the strikes on 9 and 10 September had demonstrated the anger and resolve of pilots.
It was now time for a period of reflection before the dispute “escalates further and irreparable damage is done to the brand”, the union said.
British Airways had already started cancelling flights for 27 September. It is not clear if they will now be reinstated.
The airline was forced to cancel 1,700 flights last week during the pilots’ walkout over pay.
Balpa said it hoped BA would “now change its approach and negotiate seriously” with a view to ending the dispute.
Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton said: “Someone has to take the initiative to sort out this dispute and with no sign of that from BA, the pilots have decided to take the responsible course.
“In a genuine attempt at establishing a time out for common sense to prevail, we have lifted the threat of the strike on 27 September.”
However, Balpa said it retained the right to announce further strike dates.
Frank Lampard believes Chelsea can flourish in the Champions League but is not yet looking any further than reaching the knockout stages.
The Blues host Valencia in their Group H opener on Tuesday.
Lampard’s faith in youth is appearing to pay off in the Premier League after his side thumped Wolves 5-2 on Saturday, but he knows European football is a different challenge.
“I’m confident but very aware of the dangers,” he said.
“Our target is to qualify from a tough group. It is different [from league football]; the main thing is that the concentration levels throughout the game have to be spot on. The different level can surprise you.
“I have belief in the players. I think we have talent that can blossom in the Champions League.
Lampard won the Champions League as a player in 2012 and the former midfielder is looking forward to making his debut in the competition as a manager.
“I had some incredible nights in the Champions League, and some bad ones,” he added.
“It’s the ultimate in club football. There is something about Stamford Bridge, Champions League football and that music.
“I will be proud to do it.”
Rudiger misses out for Chelsea
The Blues will be without defender Antonio Rudiger after he tweaked his groin during Saturday’s win at Wolves – his first appearance of the season.
Midfielder N’Golo Kante and Callum Hudson-Odoi are “fit, but not match fit”, according to Lampard, and so will not feature against the La Liga side.
Valencia will be led by Albert Celades, who was appointed last week after the surprise sacking of Marcelino.
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is wary the change in management could make the Spanish side more of a threat.
“I think Valencia will always be a dangerous team,” he said.
“At times, these circumstances can make you a more dangerous proposition.”
West Bromwich Albion maintained their unbeaten Championship record as they came from behind to rescue a point with a draw in the south west London sunshine at Fulham.
Both goals owed a good bit to fortune, as Semi Ajayi’s controversial late headed equaliser cancelled out a left-foot attempted chipped cross from Anthony Knockaert which deceived Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone in flight and dipped in at the far post.
Knockaert’s 49th-minute goal – his second in three home games – looked likely to earn all three points for the hosts at Craven Cottage.
But, from deadline signing Matheus Pereira’s 80th-minute corner, home keeper Marcus Bettinelli was distracted by Albion striker Charlie Austin attempting to lay his hands on him on the line.
The indignant Bettinelli and could only parry the ball tamely, allowing Nigerian international Ajayi to nod in at the far post for his first goal for the club.
Slaven Bilic’s Baggies have gone behind in six of their seven games and yet still not lost in the league – earning them the most points from losing positions in the Championship this season (12).
But Fulham were the better side for the first hour and went closer to breaking the deadlock before the break.
Tom Cairney evaded the linesman’s flag to get free inside the box and latch onto Harrison Reed’s pass, but his left-foot strike was touched onto the bar by the outstretched fingertips of Johnstone.
Reed was then also denied by the alert Baggies keeper, who reacted sharply to keep out his close-range header.
Austin, still to score his first league goal for Albion, volleyed over, then could only direct a tame header straight at Bettinelli.
And the visitors were still second best before the second-half introduction just before the hour of their first two substitutes Filip Krovinovic and Kyle Edwards, followed by Hal Robson-Kanu.
Albion even went close to a winner right on 90 minutes but Darnell Furlong’s header flew wide.
West Bromwich Albion head coach Slaven Bilic told BBC WM:
“We knew we would have to defend aggressively with numbers but, for the first hour, we lost the majority of the 50-50 balls.
“Then we change the mindset to what would we wanted it to be at the start and then we could smell that it was only a matter of time before we capitalised.
“They ended up more happy to hear the final whistle, which means something, especially here away, but we have to be that way from the very first minute.
“We were in their box with numbers and Semi was hungry to score. The lad is totally focused. He has been marvellous for us.”
At least two men have been stabbed in south London in what police believe are linked attacks.
Police officers found one man with stab injuries after reports of a fight on Eastleigh Walk in Roehampton at about 10:50 BST. He was taken to hospital.
Shortly afterwards, another man arrived at a south London hospital with a stab wound. He was later arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.
Officers had earlier been called to reports of a stabbing on Burston Road.
The male had been stabbed and had reportedly left the scene in a white saloon car, the Met Police said.
The force said it had put a crime scene in place and granted itself stop and search powers across Wandsworth borough and parts of Richmond.
“This means that until 02:45 on Friday, 13 September, constables in uniform can use this power to stop and search in the area specified, specifically to prevent and detect the carrying of dangerous instruments or offensive weapons,” it said in a post on Facebook.
The condition of the man stabbed in Eastleigh Walk is not yet known.