Angry campaigners targeted a BP garage in a protest about oil.

Around 30 Brighton-based activists gathered at the station in Lewes Road, Brighton, calling for the company to withdraw its decision to extract oil from the Canadian tar sands.

They occupied the station forecourt with tents and displayed banners reading Tar Sands Oil is Blood Oil and Shut Down Tar Sands.

Campaigner Will Cottrell said: “The tar sands are the biggest environmental crime on the planet.

“The process of extracting oil from them is leaving a hole the size of England in the Canadian wilderness.

“Extracting oil from the tar sands produces three to five times as much greenhouse gas as conventional oil.”

The demonstration was part of an international day of action spearheaded by activists from the First Nation tribes of Canada.

BP was unavailable for comment today.