Police have been called to the North Yorkshire home of PM Rishi Sunak after protestors climbed onto the roof.

Four Greenpeace protesters with ladders and ropes scaled Sunak’s £2m manor house early on Thursday (August 3) morning.

The PM is currently away with his family on holiday in California and was not home at the time.

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North Yorkshire police said it was responding to “reports of protest activity” and officers closed roads at the scene near Sunak’s family home in Kirby Sigston, near Northallerton

The Northern Echo: Four protestors seen on the roof of Rishi Sunak's home.Four protestors seen on the roof of Rishi Sunak's home. (Image: NNP)

A force spokesperson said: “At 8.06am this morning (August 3, 2023) we were made aware a number of protesters climbing onto the roof of the Prime Minister's home in Kirby Sigston.

“We have contained the area and no one has entered the building.

The Northern Echo: Police descended on the area.Police descended on the area. (Image: NNP)

“At present there are four protesters on the roof of the property.

“The PM and his family are not at home.”

The Northern Echo: Protestors draped oil-black cloth down the side of the £2m mansion.Protestors draped oil-black cloth down the side of the £2m mansion. (Image: NNP)

The demonstrators said they had draped the Prime Minister’s manor house in North Yorkshire with an oil-black fabric to “drive home the dangerous consequences” of his new policy on oil and gas.

The PM said earlier this week he would “max out” the UK’s oil and gas reserves and grant more than 100 new licences for extraction in the North Sea.

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Greenpeace UK climate campaigner Philip Evans said: “We desperately need our prime minister to be a climate leader, not a climate arsonist.

“Just as wildfires and floods wreck homes and lives around the world, Sunak is committing to a massive expansion of oil and gas drilling.

The Northern Echo: Police at Rishi Sunak's home after a Greenpeace protest.Police at Rishi Sunak's home after a Greenpeace protest. (Image: NNP)

“He seems quite happy to hold a blowtorch to the planet if he can score a few political points by sowing division around climate in this country. This is cynical beyond belief.

“More North Sea drilling will only benefit oil giants who stand to make even more billions from it, partly thanks to a giant loophole in Sunak’s own windfall tax.”

The Northern Echo: Protestors seen on the roof.Protestors seen on the roof. (Image: NNP)