CLIMATE campaigners have blocked the entrance to an ExxonMobil terminal.  

Dressed in masks and as grim reapers, members of environmental group, Extinction Rebellion have set up outside the terminal in Hythe. 

The group posted on Twitter saying the demonstration is aimed at "pressuring the government to end all new fossil fuel investment and take serious climate action". 

It is said that the protest at the terminal, close by to Fawley Refinery, is in response to Fawley expansion plans. 

Extinction Rebellion South East said on Twitter: "Today #ExtinctionRebellion UK launches our Immediate Demand "Stop all new fossil fuel investment immediately” Government must #ActNow to #StopTheHarm, all investment of public money in #ExxonMobil & the ecocidal #FossilFuel industry must cease. #ImpossibleRebellion #RebelForLife" 

An ExxonMobil spokesperson said: "ExxonMobil respects the right of people to protest peacefully and to express their opinions. Our primary concern is for the safety of our staff and property, our neighbours and the protestors themselves.

"We are working closely with the police to monitor the situation and minimise the inconvenience to our staff and our neighbouring communities."

The Hythe terminal is used to store fuel for distribution but the company claimed the Fawley Refinery was unaffected.

A police spokesperson said: "We are aware of a protest currently taking place on New Road, Hythe (19 August).

"Officers are on scene to facilitate the protestors’ right to peaceful protest, to ensure the health and safety of those involved and to minimise the impact on the local community and businesses.

"No arrests have been made at this stage."