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Just Stop Oil protesters smash cake in face of King Charles waxwork at Madame Tussauds

Just Stop Oil protesters have targeted a King Charles waxwork at Madame Tussauds by defacing the statue with chocolate cake.

Monday marks the eco mob's 24th consecutive day of action, having blocked roads and covered valuable artwork with soup in a string of stunts since Oct 1.

Eilidh McFadden 20 from Glasgow and Tom Johnson 29, a painter decorator from Sunderland bought tickets to Madame Tussauds and just after 10.30am stepped over the rope barrier separating the model of the King from the public and smeared it with chocolate cake.

They said: "We are here because we seek to protect our freedoms and rights, because we seek to protect this green and pleasant land which is the inheritance of us all."

The group pointed out that at last year at COP 26 in Glasgow Queen Elizabeth said: "The time for words has moved to the time for action."

Her successor King Charles III – who has long been a backer of green enterprises, mirrored his mother's message, "demanding immediate action and not just words".

In a statement, Just Stop Oil said: "The science is clear. The demand is simple: just stop new oil and gas. It’s a piece of cake”

"The action takes place a few weeks ahead of COP 27 which King Charles III has reportedly abandoned plans to attend and deliver a speech at, on the advice of the then, now former Prime Minister Liz Truss."

The Met Police said four people have been arrested for criminal damage in relation to the incident, and added: "We responded quickly to an incident at Madame Tussauds after two people threw food at a statue at approximately 10.50am."

It pushes the total of arrests made involving Just Stop Oil protesters to almost 600 since the beginning of October.

They said they will not stop their action until the Government announces a reversal on its plan to allow fracking to take place once again in the UK.

The Marylebone Road museum was forced to close its royals enclosure after the incident, and said in a statement: "At approximately 10.50am today protestors entered the World Stage Zone at Madame Tussauds London and appeared to throw what is believed to be cake at our figures of the Royal family.

"Our security team dealt with the incident quickly and we are working closely with the Metropolitan Police on this matter. The attraction remains open, with our Royal Family set closed temporarily."

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