Campaigners from Reading have joined thousands in London at an ongoing protest this week.

More than 30 people from Reading have joined others from across the UK in bringing parts of Central London to a standstill as part of Extinction Rebellion’s 'time-unlimited' International Rebellion.

Extinction Rebellion Reading members persuaded Reading Borough Council (RBC) to declare a climate emergency in February.

Eloise Jones, from Tilehurst, said: "It is about putting pressure on the government. A lot of people don't realise what a horrendous position we are in.

"I have children. I am extremely worried about what the future going to bring for them. I think a lot of people are living a bubble.

"There is a massively growing awareness that it is going to take a WWII style effort. It is going to be a complete change of system."

Three people were remanded in custody after pleading not guilty over a protest on a train.

More than 425 others have been arrested since the ongoing protest started on Monday, including one Reading man on Thursday.

Protestors have blocked roads at Marble Arch, Parliament Square, Oxford Street, and on Waterloo Bridge, disrupting commuters.

Rebecca Jones, a student at Reading University and member of Extinction Rebellion Reading, said: "When the government is so clearly failing in its duty to protect the environment, we have a moral duty to protest and engage in non-violent civil disobedience, for the sake of our children and grandchildren."

The protests have drawn criticism after disrupting major transport routes for a fourth consecutive day.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said climate activists have 'no right to cause misery' and called for the Metropolitan Police to use 'full force of the law'.

Ms Jones said: "This is s**t for them and we apologise. We don't want to inconvenience people but this is an appropriate response."

Lucy Harding, 73, said she joined the protest for her grandson Ozzie.

She said: "At one stage we had a group like Extinction Rebellion in Reading called Reading Rising Tide.

"Sadly, at that stage, not enough people were aware of just how much we were on the brink then, let alone now.

"It needs government intervention."

Extinction Rebellion intends to continue with the blockade until its demands for government action are met.

They are demanding:

The government 'tell the truth' about the scale of the crisis the world now faces.

The UK enact legally binding policies to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025.

Formation of a Citizens' Assembly to 'oversee the changes' that will be needed to achieve this goal.