'Police moved in to remove climate change activists from Waterloo Bridge and Oxford Circus in central London on the sixth day of the Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest, as the total of arrests topped 750.
Twenty-eight have now been charged in connection with the demonstration since it began on Monday.
Scotland Yard admitted the ongoing cycle of arrests had caused logistical problems over cell space as well as affecting the “wider criminal justice system”.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the situation facing officers was “unprecedented”.
“We have shown that we are strong, we are determined,” she said. “I have never – I’ve been a police officer for 36 years – I have never known an operation, a single operation, in which over 700 people have been arrested.
“It shows we are determined and we will carry on.”
The force has asked for around 200 extra officers from police forces outside London to help deal with the protests. Ms Dick urged protesters to either congregate legally in the Marble Arch area, or "go home", warning they faced arrest if they tried to stay in other locations.
At Waterloo Bridge on Saturday afternoon, activist Lyndon Edwardson and a friend used chains and a bicycle D-lock to attach themselves to the bridge and to each other.
“We will be staying until they cut us out, hopefully we can be here as long as possible,” the landscaper said, revealing that four other campaigners are glued and locked onto a lorry parked on the bridge.
Shortly before 5pm, officers were seen carrying one of the group away as others continued to work underneath the truck to remove the protesters. One campaigner began singing over the sound of cutting equipment and hammering.
Max Wedderburn, a 13-year-old from Milton Keynes, addressed crowds at the bridge and received cheers and applause. “We are getting bigger, we are getting stronger, we are gathering momentum. Together we can change the future,” he said.'
Read more: Extinction Rebellion: More than 750 protesters arrested as climate change activists block London roads for sixth day
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