Seven arrested after paint and smoke grenades found in vehicles near G7 summit

Police officers on motorcycles patrol through Carbis Bay ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall (Picture: PA)

Paint, smoke grenades and loud hailers were among the items seized by police after they pulled over a car and van travelling near the G7 summit in Cornwall.

Seven people were arrested following the stop, which took place roughly seven miles from the Carbis Bay Hotel where the meeting of global leaders is being hosted.

The two vehicles were searched near Loggans Road in Hayle at around 5pm on Thursday.

Three people were arrested on suspicion of possessing an article with intent to commit criminal damage and four were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit public nuisance.

Police said all seven remain in custody.

They are a 30-year-old man from London, a 21-year-old woman from Wales and a 20-year-old man from Bournemouth, in respect of the former charge.

The others are two men, aged 25 and 27, from London, a 45-year-old woman, also from London, and a 26-year-old woman from Epsom.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: ‘The items and the vehicles have been seized by police as part of ongoing inquiries in relation to this matter.

‘We continue to support the facilitation of safe and legal protest but criminal activity and public disorder will not be tolerated.’

Officers guard the media centre in Falmouth (Picture: AFP via Getty)

Police search teams at Tregenna Castle along the main road in St Ives (Picture: PA)

Inflatable dummies depicting President Joe Biden and Boris Johnson are displayed by Crack the Crisis (Picture: Reuters)

The arrests come after police warned that disruptive and ‘annoying’ protests will take place during the summit.

The force earlier confirmed that around 40 groups had been in touch to confirm their intention to demonstrate at the event.

But a number of others have said they will not liaise with police.

Over the past week, 5,000 mutual aid officers have arrived in the area from forces across the UK. They will join 1,500 officers and staff from Devon and Cornwall Police being deployed at the event.

Designated protest sites have been set up in Truro, Falmouth, Plymouth and Exeter, but many protesters are expected to go to the St Ives and Carbis Bay area.

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