Kelpies reopen as police arrest local weather activists who scaled metallic big

Two local weather activists who scaled a well known Scottish landmark in protest on the oil trade have been arrested.

Two members of strain group This Is Rigged scaled The Kelpies, located between Grangemouth and Falkirk, forcing the closure of the park on Sunday.

The pair pinned a banner close to the highest of the top of 1 the horse sculptures, which learn “no new oil” and “fair transition now”.

The protesters who scaled the 100ft metal big have been introduced down by police and arrested.

A Police Scotland spokesperson mentioned: “Around 6am on Sunday 23 July 2023, officers received a report of two protesters climbing The Kelpies structure in the Helix Park, Falkirk.

“Officers attended and a 23-year-old man and 22-year-old woman were safely removed.

“They have both been arrested in connection with the incident and inquiries remain ongoing.”

The Helix Park later introduced on Twitter that the park had reopened to the general public.

A spokesperson mentioned: “The Helix Park has now fully reopened for visitors following an earlier Police Scotland operation.

“We’re sorry for the disruption and look forward to seeing you soon.”

One of the climbers beforehand mentioned: “In Scottish folklore, kelpies are water spirits which lure people to a watery grave.

“As the Scottish Government continues to allow oil and gas licences to go ahead in Scotland, they’re leading us to the same fate.

“The land on which the Kelpies were built will be submerged underwater by 2050. Isn’t this a bit ironic?”

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