BRAINTREE’S MP has labelled environmental protestors "adult toddlers" after a series of damaging protests.

James Cleverly MP was hitting out at protestors from Just Stop Oil.

The environmental protestors have conducted a series of protests recently with some grabbing headlines at the weekend.

Many were left outraged after protestors allegedly threw soup at Vincent Van Gogh's famous Sunflowers painting at the National Gallery on Friday.

The incident is now the subject of a criminal investigation.

Two women, Anna Holland, 20, and Phoebe Plummer, 21, denied the charges in court.

Protestors from Animal Rebellion also caused a stir after targeting Harrods and other shops on Saturday, pouring milk on the floor.

Mr Cleverly took to Twitter to vent his frustration over the damage.

He said: “Let’s stop giving these attention-seeking adult toddlers the coverage they clearly crave.”

The controversy continued this morning, with Just Stop Oil protestors scaling the QEII bridge at the Dartford Crossing.

Two people climbed the bridge, forcing it to close with traffic diverted through the Dartford tunnel.

The protest group has claimed responsibility, saying the act is in response to new oil and gas licences from the Government.

In their latest update, an Essex Police spokesman said: “Our officers are continuing to work to resolve the issue on the Dartford Crossing after two people climbed up on to high cables early this morning.

“The QEII bridge is closed to allow us to resolve the situation as safely as possible and a diversion is in place through the tunnel.

“This is a complex operation due to the height at which the protestors are currently situated and it may take some but we are working as quickly as possible.

“We want to be clear – our priority is to keep people safe and keep Essex moving.

“We will take action against anyone who puts life in danger or things they can selfishly stop others getting to work or getting on with their lives.

“We appreciate your patience and understanding, and will keep you updated through the day.”