Just Stop Oil zealot who threw soup on Van Gogh’s Sunflowers is jailed

  • Pheobe Plummer, 22, was dramatically arrested after taking part in a slow march
  • It is alleged that she was sent HMP Bronzefield last Thursday. 

A Just Stop Oil eco zealot, who threw soup on Van Gough’s Sunflowers, filmed a defiant video begging people to ‘stand in solidarity’ before she was sent to jail.

Phoebe Plummer, 22, was dramatically arrested again in London after taking part in a slow march last Thursday.

In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, Just Stop Oil claimed the activist was given bail conditions not to protest on any roads and shared a video of Plummer telling people she was in jail.

The University of Manchester graduate told the camera: ‘If you are watching this video, then I’ve just been sent to prison simply for marching down a road. For exercising my fundamental human right to protest.’

But this is not the first time Plummer has been on the wrong side of the law. She was arrested for similar actions earlier this year and was at the centre of a national controversy after throwing soup at historical paintings.

Phoebe Plummer, 22, was dramatically arrested again in London after taking part in a slow march last Thursday

In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter , Just Stop Oil claimed the activist was given bail conditions not to protest on any roads and shared a video of Plummer telling people she was in jail

Plummer gave a two-minute speech about the consequences of climate change and how there is going to be ‘more storms, more floods, more wildfires and more droughts’.

The clip showed Plummer continuing to march with the group despite being aware of the conditions set by the courts.

Just Stop Oil claimed on the post that the protestor was sent to HMP Bronzefield in Ashford.

Plummer was arrested on Thursday, November 16, after taking part in another slow march in the capital.

But this is not the first she has been in trouble with the law. This time last year, the activist was arrested for through Heinz soup at Van Gogh’s Sunflowers in the National Gallery in central London.

She and her accomplice, Anna Holland, 20, were arrested for criminal damage and aggravated trespass.

The pair threw two tins of Heinz tomato soup over the iconic £76 million painting this morning before glueing themselves to a wall inside the Gallery on October 14 2022.

Hours later, other rebellious eco-zealots from the campaign group launched a humiliating attack against the police, spraying orange paint over the New Scotland Yard HQ’s sign in Westminster, London – prompting officers to make 24 arrests. 

In October 2022, Plummer was arrested for criminal damage and aggravated trespass after she and a friend - Anna Holland - threw Heinz tomato soup at Van Gogh's Sunflowers in the National Gallery

Met Police officers - who politely told Plummer she would have to leave her coffee - were filmed by activists as they arrested her again on Thursday, November 16

Friends cried that she had hash browns on their way - but she had to leave before they arrived

It came as activists continued with their relentless campaign of chaos, attacks on October 14 marking the 14th consecutive day of protests, which caused mayhem across the capital.

The climate change stunt at the National Gallery saw the two Just Stop Oil demonstrators glue themselves to the floor after pouring soup over the iconic Van Gogh.

Police say the work of art was ‘unharmed’, but some minor damage was caused to the frame. The National Gallery that the Sunflowers were quickly returned on display and undamaged.

Scotland Yard added two women were arrested for criminal damage and aggravated trespass. They have been taken into police custody.

A Met Police spokeswoman said: ‘Two protesters have been arrested following an incident at the National Gallery.

‘The Just Stop Oil protesters entered the National Gallery just after 11am and threw a substance over Van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting before glueing themselves to a wall opposite it.

‘They have been arrested by Met police officers for criminal damage and aggravated trespass.’

She added: ‘Specialist officers have now un-glued them and they have been taken into custody to a central London police station.

‘There is some minor damage to the frame, but the painting is unharmed.’

Plummer then found herself being arrested again in June this year after allegedly breaking her bail conditions.

She was dramatically arrested in an upmarket cafe in Islington, London, after taking part in a slow march in June 2023.

Just Stop Oil claimed the activist was given bail conditions not to protest on any roads earlier that week.

Met Police officers – who politely told Plummer she would have to leave her coffee and could not wait for her hash browns – were filmed by activists as they arrested her.

Friends had to cover her bill as she was taken away.

Plummer told the camera that her arrest was a ‘completely draconian overreach of power.’

Plummer later said in a TikTok video: 'I'm Phoebe, I'm 21, I'm from London and I am one of the people that threw a can of soup at Vincent van Gogh's Sunflower painting.'

Just Stop Oil claim the activist - who is in their early twenties - was given bail conditions not to protest on any roads earlier this year

She continued: ‘I received bail conditions two days ago not to protest on any road in the UK.

‘I still decided to come out and march today because marching has always been part of our democratic process, and it is one of our human rights that we should be able to protest.’

At one point, eight officers can be seen inside or waiting outside the cafe.

Plummer was arrested on Monday, June 5, after taking part in another slow march in the capital.

After being released from custody the following day, she added: ‘I was given bail conditions not to protest on any road in the UK.

‘Marching is a legal form of protest and has always been a part of our democratic process. Our freedom and democracy is under threat from this government.’

MailOnline has approached Metropolitan Police for a comment. 

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