An anti-Extinction Rebellion group has said they are looking into holding their own protest against the environmental group’s demonstrations.

The Cambridge branch of Extinction Rebellion have set social media ablaze as it launched a week-long roadblock on Trumpington Road as well as digging up the grass outside Trinity College.

The demonstrators then transported the dirt to a foyer at Barclays in St Andrew’s Street and dumped it.

Thousands of people have now signed a  petition to end the protests with more than 5000 people saying they have had enough of Extinction Rebellion and the Police’s inability to do anything.

George Owers, who is a co-organiser of the petition, said:

Our petition against Extinction Rebellion’s lawbreaking and criminality has now reached well over 5,000 signatures.

The vast majority of the public think that Superintendent Sutherland’s attempt to explain why protesters are allowed to break the law at will to be ridiculous.

Just go on Twitter and look at the responses Cambridgeshire Police are getting – opinion is about 9 to 1 against you.

Police inactivity and refusal to enforce the law is emboldening protesters to ever more extreme actions – they are promising more illegality today.

Deeming that all illegal acts are legal if they are taken as part of a protest, except serious violence and disorder, is a major risk to public order and safety.

I fear for law and order in Cambridge unless you change your very poorly thought-through decisions.

The bottom line is: Superintendent Sutherland’s actions are destroying public confidence in the police – and the cowardly decision to attempt to house behind the ECHR is backfiring.

We will be using the thousands of supporters we now have to continue to bring pressure to bear on you until you act. We are considering conducting our own peaceful counter-protest against XR’s own meetings.