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Greenpeace activists seek to halt delivery of 1200 Volkswagen Group vehicles

Greenpeace activists seek to halt delivery of 1200 Volkswagen Group vehicles”

GREENPEACE "pirates" in kayaks and boats have targeted a cargo ship and are taking keys of Volkswagen diesels from a Kent port.

Greenpeace protesters used kayaks and boats to reach the 23,000-tonne auto carrier in the Thames estuary at around 8.30am today.

They are refusing to leave the ship and demanding it take the cars back to Germany.

"The diesel vehicles, which are the subject of the protest, meet strict Euro-6 standards", the company said in a statement.

They also hung a large banner of child wearing a pollution mask with the Volkswagen logo on the loading deck.

However, of the 1,284 cars on the ship less than half (573 cars) were diesel.

Around 40 others have invaded a storage and PDI compound at Sheerness port, where the ship is due to dock, and have attempted to lift the bonnets of cars there to label engines with anti-diesel messages.

Greenpeace said on its website that the health concerns, combined with the heavy reliance on diesel in Britain, means Volkswagen should develop a plan to end its production of diesel-fueled vehicles.

"They are also lifting the bonnets and labelling the engines with messages from 8,000 people, including many vehicle owners, calling on VW to ditch diesel". VW's polluting vehicles are adding to a public health emergency harming thousands of people.

Police officers are now at the scene. These areas are restricted to ensure that United Kingdom border security is preserved and we protect the safety of our customers and employees working on the Port.

"We are working with the police, Greenpeace and Volkswagen to resolve the situation".

On-road testing, carried out by independent research groups - including Germany's environment group Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) - have found that current diesel models emit multiple times more nitrogen oxide in the real world than in laboratories.

We have approached Kent Police for comment.



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