Actress Emma Thompson, weeping teenagers join peaceful climate protest in London

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She addressed them from a pink boat in the middle of London's Oxford Circus as shoppers and tourists milled past.

The protest organisers planned at Heathrow Airport yesterday backfired.

Protesters who have blocked London roads and bridges for more than three days say they will escalate their civil disobedience campaign if the British government doesn't step up action against climate change.

Since Monday, climate change demonstrators have occupied Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Square.

However, Metropolitan Police commander, Jane Connors, said: "I'm disappointed by the video and the unacceptable behaviour of the officers in it".

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Dame Emma's participation comes as protestors were planning to disrupt flights at Heathrow airport today, the fifth day of such protests all around the capital.

It is understood the Met made a request to the National Police Coordination Centre (NPoCC) "late on Thursday" for help with extra officers from neighbouring regions in the east and south-east of England.

Interior minister Sajid Javid said he wanted police to "take a firm stance and use the full force of the law".

Extinction Rebellion organiser Robin Ellis-Cockroft boasted: "We said we'd disrupt Heathrow and we've disrupted Heathrow".

Scotland Yard has warned protesters the force had "strong plans" in place with a significant number of officers ready to respond.

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But he said that with more than 1,000 officers being deployed the streets will begin to be cleared.

Police said they expected the demonstrations to continue for the next few weeks.

Officers have also been asked to work 12-hour shifts, while the Violent Crime Task Force has had leave cancelled.

Cathy Eastburn, 51, Mark Ovland, 35, and Luke Watson, 29, were remanded in custody over their alleged involvement in obstructing trains at Canary Wharf station on Wednesday morning.

Lesley Sweet, the first from the group who was arrested live on national television on Tuesday afternoon from Waterloo Bridge said: "We are facing the sixth mass extinction and it is now that we have to act".

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