More than 70 people have been arrested following protests by climate activists from Extinction Rebellion (XR) outside two printing presses – which prevented the distribution of millions of national newspapers.

Demonstrators blocked access to two print works at Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, and Knowsley, near Liverpool, using vehicles and bamboo structures overnight into Saturday morning.

Seventy-two people were arrested across the two locations, police said, and delivery lorries were delayed from leaving. The Newsprinters presses targeted print the Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corp’s titles including The Sun, The Times, The Sun On Sunday and The Sunday Times.

The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail, Mail On Sunday, London Evening Standard and some Guardian supplements are also printed or processed at the sites. Both demonstrations ended around 11am.

The protests were condemned by the prime minister as “completely unacceptable”.

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