Partying police FINALLY go in to clear eco-mob protesters after four days of disruption

An army of up to 100 police officers has closed in on Oxford Circus and started arresting Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists who have brought central London to a standstill all week.

But hopes of a swift resolution to the four-day standoff quickly waned as the size of the protesting crowd swelled to almost twice its previous size, led by a samba band and drummers arriving from Marble Arch to reinforce the Oxford Circus protest.

Police arrived just hours after six officers were filmed delicately stepping over seated protesters rather than arresting them while eco-warriors around them cheered.