Greenpeace protestors climb on top of plane at Heathrow

Four held after Greenpeace plane protestMon Feb 25 2008

Police have arrested four Greenpeace activists who staged a protest on top of a plane at Heathrow Airport.

Their demonstration lasted just over an hour after they breached security to hang a banner reading "Climate Emergency - No Third Runway" on the tail fin of a Boeing 777 in protest against the London airport's expansion.

The incident took place at Terminal 1 after the plane had flown from Manchester to HeathrowThey are now being held at the Metropolitan Police's Heathrow station, a spokeswoman for airport authority BAA said.

Greenpeace said the two male and two female activists waited until all passengers had disembarked from a British Airways flight from Manchester to Heathrow at Terminal 1 before clambering on to the plane's roof.

During the protest, one of the group said: "I am standing on this plane because our planet and the people who live on it are in danger.

"Climate change can be beaten but not by almost doubling the size of the world's biggest airport."

The activist added: "The scientists say we only have 100 months to get emissions down so we are here to draw a line in the sand and tell Gordon Brown his new runway must not and will not be built.

"I have never done a protest like this before but people need to take a stand and tell the Prime Minister he cannot ignore the science any longer."

The protest came two days before the end of a Government consultation into Heathrow expansion.