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Campaigners for the safety of Stonehenge criticised Just Stop Oil activists who sprayed orange paint on the historic website in a weird stunt.

Video footage posted on social media on Wednesday confirmed two folks from the environmental group operating as much as the monoliths in Salisbury and spraying them with canisters earlier than they had been confronted by members of the general public.

John Adams, Chair of the Stonehenge Alliance, mentioned his organisation “does not condone any action with potential to damage the stones, we exist to protect the World Heritage Site from harm, including the government’s current road building proposals which have been condemned by UNESCO”.

He added that it was “particularly sad that this should happen on the eve of the summer solstice when hundreds of people visit Stonehenge to celebrate its majesty and solar alignment”.

Mr Adams concluded in a press release: “Just Stop Oil is not part of the Stonehenge Alliance and whilst we share their concerns about the climate crisis we don’t support direct action at Stonehenge.”

Wiltshire Police confirmed that two people had been arrested on suspicion of damaging the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Just Stop Oil said the orange powder paint use was cornflour and would be washed away by rain.

In a statement, the organisation named the protesters as 21-year-old Niamh Lynch, a student from Oxford, and Rajan Naidu, a 73-year-old from Birmingham.

Several of the stones, which date back to the Neolithic period, were targeted, after which one of the protesters sat on the grass and the other was detained by a member of the public.

A spokesperson for English Heritage, which looks after the site, said orange powdered paint was thrown at a number of the stones at Stonehenge.

They added: “Obviously, that is extraordinarily upsetting and our curators are investigating the extent of the injury. Stonehenge stays open to the general public.”

The stunt also prompted condemnation from across the political spectrum.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak branded JSO a “shame”, and Reform UK leader Nigel Farage also blasted the far-left group, insisting the protesters involved “must go to prison”.

Meanwhile both Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer and Liberal Democrats leader Sir Ed Davey said the pair should face “the total pressure of the regulation”.

A Just Stop Oil (JSO) spokesperson said: “The UK’s authorities in ready has dedicated to enacting Just Stop Oil’s authentic demand of ‘no new oil and gasoline’. However, everyone knows this isn’t sufficient. Continuing to burn coal, oil and gasoline will outcome within the dying of tens of millions.

“We have to come together to defend humanity or we risk everything. That’s why Just Stop Oil is demanding that our next government sign up to a legally-binding treaty to phase out fossil fuels by 2030.”