More than 270 people have been arrested in London at the start of two weeks of protests by environmental campaigners.
Extinction Rebellion activists are protesting in cities around the world, including Berlin, Amsterdam and Sydney.
Organisers have blockaded key sites in central London, in addition to demonstrating outside government departments.
Some have glued and chained themselves to roads and vehicles, while others plan to camp overnight.
Extinction Rebellion claims protests in the capital will be five times bigger than similar events in April.
The protests are calling for urgent action on global climate and wildlife emergencies.
Activists barricaded themselves to vehicles in Westminster early on Monday as the demonstrations got under way.
Meanwhile, hundreds of campaigners filled Trafalgar Square and blocked Lambeth and Westminster bridges.
A hearse containing a coffin with the plaque Our Future was parked in Trafalgar Square, with the driver attaching himself to the steering wheel with a bicycle lock.
Extinction Rebellion said a police officer later gave the hearse a parking ticket.
Earlier, church leaders helped to create a “faith bridge” on Lambeth Bridge, with services and prayer vigils planned.
Rev Jon Swales, 41, Mission Priest at the Church of England’s Lighthouse Church in Leeds and Associate Faculty at St Hild Theological Centre, said: “The science is clear.
“Unless we radically change the way we live in the world we will face the full force of climate catastrophe.”
Protesters dubbed the Red Rebels wore red robes and white face paint as they gathered outside the Cabinet Office in Whitehall.
The singer Declan McKenna performed an impromptu free gig on the Mall in the evening, as people gathered in the rain to listen.
The roads behind Downing Street were blocked throughout the day by protesters, some of whom had erected tents in the street and were sitting down and singing songs together.
Among the group were two girls, Esme, 11, and Rafi, nine, who had taken the day off school to attend the protests.
Their mother Laurie, 41, told PA: “They’ve already done a spelling test this morning, sat down in the street, so we’re not wasting time.
“We’ve talked about the protests at home and the school knows where they are.”
“We’re here because we want the world to still be alive when we die,” said Rafi.
Protesters who had glued and chained themselves outside Westminster Abbey were removed by police.
A staggered police cordon was later set up along Millbank, near Parliament, before officers attempted to move demonstrators from Lambeth Bridge, BBC News correspondent Helena Wilkinson said.
Extinction Rebellion organisers told protesters to sit down and “be arrested” as police continued to try to remove them – and a police cordon later closed off Lambeth Bridge
Police were seen cutting two protesters from a car that had blocked Victoria Embankment, while campaigners also locked themselves to a mock Trident missile outside the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall.
Activists were also pictured on a barge on the Thames, according to BBC reporter, Bruce Thain.
Two women were pictured getting married on Westminster Bridge, Extinction Rebellion said.
Police wearing abseiling gear and equipped with acetone syringes were seen removing protesters who had glued themselves to scaffolding in Trafalgar Square.
A string of celebrities including fashion model Daisy Lowe, actress Juliet Stevenson and comedian Ruby Wax, joined campaigners in Trafalgar Square.
Stevenson said the protests were “a very wonderful action”, revealing her son was attending them as a worker for Extinction Rebellion.
She told the Press Association: “We can’t any longer allow governments to do this so we have to make it clear that there is no more time.”
On Saturday, Lowe, 30, hosted a dinner to “celebrate and be educated” by Extinction Rebellion activists, and encouraged followers to join the protests.
She wrote on Instagram: “It is a terrifying reality we live in, but we have the power to change the course of history and save our planet.”
Sir Mark Rylance, the Oscar-winning actor, joined a blockade on the Mall before addressing protesters at St James’ Park.
He said: “People have been saying to me, it doesn’t make a difference having a celebrity joining the protests.
“I am confident these protests are going to lead to a solid change. Extinction Rebellion isn’t going to go away.”
In June, Sir Mark resigned as an associate artist at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) over its partnership with BP, which the theatre company has since vowed to end.
He told the crowds Greta Thurnberg, the teenage climate change activist, had inspired his decision to quit the RSC when he did.
Meanwhile, activists from Animal Rebellion, a movement allied to Extinction Rebellion, marched from Russell Square to Smithfield Meat Market.
Organisers say they planned to remain overnight at the market to share their “vision of a future plant-based food system”.
On arriving at the market, protesters said they held a minute’s silence for “animals whose lives are lost” at Smithfield, and then went on to set up stalls selling plant-based products inside one of the world’s most famous meat-trading spaces.
In an update posted shortly after 17:00 BST, organisers said 11 sites remained occupied across Westminster, as groups of protesters prepared to camp out for the night.
Emily, an activist from Wales, said on Twitter she planned to stay overnight.
Extinction Rebellion said many activists are preparing to go on hunger strike to illustrate “that our just-in-time food system is too fragile to repeatedly withstand the shocks of extreme weather”.
There were 276 arrests in connection with the protests as of 19:00 BST, according to the Metropolitan Police.
Extinction Rebellion said this included Sarah Lasenby, 81, a Quaker and retired social worker from Oxford.
Ms Lasenby, who the group says was part of efforts to block Embankment, said: “It is imperative that the government should take serious actions and put pressure on other states and global powers to radically reduce the use of fossil fuels.”
What is Extinction Rebellion?
2025group’s aims for zero carbon emissions
298,000followers on Facebook
1,130people arrested over April’s London protests
2018year the group was founded
Source: BBC Research
Extinction Rebellion (XR for short) wants governments to declare a “climate and ecological emergency” and take immediate action to address climate change.
It describes itself as an international “non-violent civil disobedience activist movement”.
Extinction Rebellion was launched in 2018 and organisers say it now has groups willing to take action in dozens of countries.
In April, the group held a large demonstration in London that brought major routes in the city to a standstill.
Extinction Rebellion organisers say they are expecting up to 30,000 people to take part in the fortnight-long demonstrations in the capital, which form part of an “international rebellion”.
Similar protests in the UK earlier this year brought major disruption to London and resulted in more than 1,100 arrests.
Up to 60 other cities around the world may also be disrupted in simultaneous events, according to a spokesperson for the group.
Activists will call on government departments to detail their plans to tackle the climate emergency.
Police in Australia and New Zealand have already arrested dozens of Extinction Rebellion activists on Monday.
Some 30 campaigners in Sydney, were charged with committing offences after hundreds of protesters blocked a busy road.
More than 100 people were arrested in Amsterdam after they erected a tent camp on the main road outside the Rijksmuseum, the Dutch national museum
The latest arrests in London come after the Met police arrested 11 people during the weekend.
A spokesperson for the force said eight people were arrested on Saturday after previously reporting 10. They have all been released under investigation.
One woman and two men were arrested on Sunday on suspicion of conspiracy to cause public nuisance. The men remain in custody while the woman has been released under investigation.
|2019 World Athletics Championships|
|Venue: Khalifa International Stadium, Doha Dates: 27 September-6 October|
|Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website and app; Listen live on BBC Radio 5 Live; Live streams, clips and text commentary online.|
Dina Asher-Smith showed no signs of fatigue from winning 100m silver as she ran the fastest time of the day to reach the 200m semi-finals at the World Championships.
The 23-year-old Briton, who claimed her first major global medal on Monday, won her heat in 22.32 seconds.
Compatriots Jodie Williams and Beth Dobbin also reached Tuesday’s semis.
In the men’s 200m, Britain’s Adam Gemili booked a place in the final but Zharnel Hughes missed out.
Olympic champion Elaine Thompson advanced in the women’s event, but former bronze medallist Blessing Okagbare was disqualified.
That disqualification, plus the withdrawal of 100m bronze medallist Marie-Josee Ta Lou, has boosted Asher-Smith’s hopes in an event that was already without Dutch defending champion Dafne Schippers and 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica.
Asher-Smith is ranked number one in this event this season and is the odds-on favourite to win her first global outdoor title.
‘Dina is the favourite for 200m title’
It will take a special performance from her remaining rivals to take the gold away from Asher-Smith.
The Briton is now the only athlete still standing from the top four at London 2017, with Bahamian bronze medallist Shaunae Miller-Uibo electing to run in the 400m at these championships.
Of those left, only Thompson has run faster than Asher-Smith this season. However, she came a disappointing fourth in the 100m final and was only seventh fastest in the 200m heats.
Britain’s Sydney 2000 Olympic heptathlon champion Denise Lewis and former world and Olympic 200m and 400m champion Michael Johnson both believe it is Asher-Smith’s title to lose.
“I just don’t think there is anyone in the 200m field that can live with Dina right now,” Lewis told BBC Sport.
“She doesn’t want to think about the 100m. She has moved on. It’s all about the recovery now.
“She has had to come out here again and produce. Women don’t take chances; there was no showboating.”
Johnson added: “What we can take from this is that Dina is the favourite with all the others dropping out.
“Thompson doesn’t look herself and you have to start looking at the race behind Dina.”
Gemili storms into men’s 200m final
Gemili suggested he could be a medal contender as he stormed into Tuesday’s men’s 200m final with another season’s best.
No British male has won a medal in this event since John Regis took silver in 1993, but the 25-year-old’s winning time of 20.03 seconds, an improvement on 20.06 in his heat, proves he is in peak condition having struggled with hamstring problems in recent seasons.
British world 100m finalist Hughes finished third in his semi-final in 20.30, which was not good enough for one of the two fastest losers’ spots.
Miguel Francis, the fastest Briton in the field this season, had to withdraw from his race having sustained a hamstring problem in Sunday’s heat.
There was no doubt as to who remains the favourite, with American Noah Lyles winning his race in 19.86 seconds. The 22-year-old from Florida produced the fourth-fastest time ever this year when he clocked 19.50 in Lausanne.
Ecuador’s Alex Quinonez was close to his personal best of 19.87, set this year, as he came second to Lyles in 19.95.
Both British entrants in the women’s 400m progressed to Tuesday’s semi-finals. Laviai Nielsen finished third in her heat, while Emily Diamond produced a season’s best of 51.66 seconds to qualify as a fastest loser.
The family of an engineer killed while working on a moving walkway at Waterloo station have paid tribute to “a hardworking, loving father”.
Christian Tuvi, 44, died in the early hours of Wednesday while repairing a walkway at the London Underground interchange.
Emergency services were called to the station shortly after 02:20 BST but he died at the scene.
Mr Tuvi, from Cambridgeshire, had a partner and three young children.
The engineer was also a member of the Army Reserve based at City of London Field Hospital.
Speaking on behalf of the family, solicitor Charlotte Rankin said: “The family have been left devastated by the death of Christian.
“He was a hardworking, loving father, and the last thing they expected when he went to work last Wednesday was that they would have a knock on the door from the police to tell them that he had been involved in such a horrific incident, with such tragic consequences.
“The family have welcomed calls from the mayor for a full investigation to take place, and it is their hope that any lessons learnt from what occurred are acted upon with urgency to ensure nothing like this happens again moving forward.
“They would like to express their gratitude to everyone who has demonstrated their support to date, and to those who are keeping them in their prayers at this difficult time.”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said an urgent inquiry was “vital” to ensure such an incident did not happen again.
Managing director of London Underground Vernon Everitt said transport bosses were “fully supporting the urgent investigations being carried out by the Office of Rail and Road and the British Transport Police”.
“It is absolutely vital that we understand how this happened and ensure that it never happens again,” he said.
James Maddison’s first league goal of the season helped Leicester come from behind to beat Tottenham in an absorbing encounter at the King Power Stadium.
Maddison drilled a superb low effort into the far corner from distance to lift Brendan Rodgers’ side back into the top four of the Premier League at the visitors’ expense.
Ricardo Pereira had put the Foxes back on level terms, moments after Spurs had been denied a second goal when Serge Aurier’s low drive was disallowed for a marginal offside call against Son Heung-min.
Harry Kane’s fourth league goal of the campaign had given Spurs the lead in the first half, the England striker slotting Son’s clever flick beyond Kasper Schmeichel despite being knocked off balance by Foxes defender Caglar Soyuncu.
Leicester thought they had opened the scoring themselves when Wilfred Ndidi scored on the rebound after Paulo Gazzaniga spilled Youri Tielemans’ effort, but the goal was ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee.
Tightest of VAR calls denies Spurs
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino accused his players of “lacking fight” after they surrendered a two-goal lead to draw with Olympiakos in the Champions League midweek.
The result mirrored their 2-2 draw with north London rivals Arsenal in their previous away league game, with Kane admitting after Wednesday’s Group B opener that Spurs had failed to learn from recent mistakes.
Pochettino made six changes to the team that started in Greece, with Hugo Lloris unavailable due to his wife giving birth and Dele Alli left out of the squad altogether. Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura and Eric Dier all had to settle for places on the bench.
Perhaps as a result, the visitors looked disjointed in the early stages and were fortunate not to fall behind when Ndidi’s effort was chalked off.
There was nothing fortunate about Kane’s opener 13 minutes later, however.
The England striker managed to latch on to Son’s back-heel and despite losing his balance under Soyuncu’s challenge, he somehow managed to knock the ball past Jonny Evans before lifting it over Schmeichel into the far corner.
Spurs thought they had doubled their lead when Aurier drilled a powerful drive into the far corner, but Son was adjudged to have been marginally offside in the build-up and the goal was chalked off.
Buoyed by that narrow decision, Leicester threw bodies forward and restored parity through Pereira, before Maddison struck with five minutes remaining to extend Spurs’ winless league run away from home to nine games.
Leicester prove top-six credentials
After watching the Foxes slip to their first defeat of the campaign at Old Trafford last weekend, Leicester fans were hopeful that their team could continue their impressive home form against a Spurs side who have looked vulnerable on their travels of late.
They had lost their last three meetings with Tottenham in the Premier League prior to today’s game, but this latest performance provided further compelling evidence that Rodgers’ team can mount a serious challenge for a top-six finish this season.
Maddison was heavily involved early on, the 22-year-old curling an effort narrowly off target from the edge of the box before firing straight at Gazzaniga from a tight angle after twisting and turning to find room for the shot.
Rodgers’ side did not let their heads drop after falling behind, with Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy both going close to equalising before Pereira’s strike midway through the second half.
Just as the game appeared destined to end in a draw, Maddison collected Hamza Choudhury’s pass before firing low into the bottom corner from a central position – all in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate.
The result was no less than Maddison and his team-mates deserve and lifts the Foxes – temporarily at least – to second in the Premier League.
Man of the match – James Maddison (Leicester)
VAR takes centre stage – the stats
- There were two goals disallowed by VAR in this match, while no other game in the Premier League in 2019-20 has had more than one chalked off.
- Tottenham have failed to win three consecutive away Premier League games when they were leading at half-time for the first time since March 2008.
- Leicester have suffered just one defeat in their last nine Premier League home games (W6 D2), after losing four in a row directly before that.
- Tottenham are without a win in their last nine away games in the Premier League (W0 D2 L7) – they last had a longer winless away run between April and December 2006 (10).
- Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira scored his third goal in 41 Premier League appearances – all three have come at the King Power Stadium.
- Tottenham striker Harry Kane has scored 14 goals in 13 games in all competitions against Leicester, four more than he has versus any other side in his professional career.
- Since the start of last season, Kane has scored 13 Premier League away goals, more than any other player in this period.
- Leicester’s James Maddison ended a run of 31 shots in the Premier League without a goal, since netting versus Huddersfield in April.
- Spurs’ Son Heung-min has been directly involved in seven goals in his last six Premier League appearances versus Leicester (4 goals, 3 assists).
‘A wonderful performance’ – what the managers said
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers on BBC Sport: “It was a wonderful performance. I thought the players were outstanding. We started the game with a great tempo, which sets the emotion in the stadium.
“It was just a case of preparing the players mentally for the second half. We had to adapt the system at half-time. The players deserve huge credit. The quality we showed was top-class against an outstanding team.”
“Some of the offside decisions – it’s fine margins. Whatever the decision, you have to adapt and keep your focus on the game. The players did that very well.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on BBC Sport: “We dominated the game and we deserved more but that’s football. It can change quickly. We need to keep working. We have a lot of games coming and we need to be ready.
“I’m always saying that sometimes it (VAR) benefits you and sometimes it goes against you. You can’t complain afterwards. You have to accept it.
“Today, we were the better side but I hope they (Leicester) have a very good season. I admire Brendan Rodgers and wish them the best.”
Leicester travel to Luton Town in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, 24 September (19:45 BST), while Spurs visit Colchester United at the same time.
Goals from academy gradates Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka helped Arsenal overcome a difficult test against Eintracht Frankfurt and begin their Europa League campaign with a victory.
Willock put the Gunners in front with a deflected shot in the first half before Saka smashed in his first senior goal for the club in the 85th minute.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added a third two minutes later as Arsenal ended their three-game winless run.
The Gunners had created further chances but also relied on goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to come to the aid of their fragile defence.
The Argentine produced excellent low saves to deny Filip Kostic and Andre Silva in the first half.
The second period was frantic in front of a vociferous home crowd with Arsenal’s late goals only coming after Dominik Kohr was shown a second yellow card for a cynical foul.
The Gunners, beaten finalists in last year’s Europa League, are top of the early Group F table on goal difference after Standard Liege beat Vitoria in the night’s other game.
Youngsters star in attack
Manager Unai Emery opted for a mix of youth and experience for the game in Germany, despite it arguably being Arsenal’s toughest test in Group F, and it was their young players who stood out.
Eighteen-year-old Saka, playing for the first team for the first time this season and fifth time in total, was excellent on the left flank, scoring once and setting up the other two goals.
He created Willock’s goal by beating his marker with fine skill in midfield and was the main threat for the Gunners in the first half.
The only criticism was he spurned a number of chances to increase Arsenal’s lead but he silenced those doubts with an emphatic finish from the edge of the area late on.
Willock played as the Gunners most advanced central midfielder and offered a goal threat but also linked play well, notably with a fine driving run in the second half which ended with Martin Hinteregger excellently blocking an Aubameyang shot.
The scoreline flattered Arsenal in the end but the game will be most memorable for the performance of their youngsters.
Defensive issues remain
The Gunners came into the game on the back of their disappointing 2-2 draw against Watford, after which their defensive display was heavily criticised as they spurned a two-goal lead.
Although Arsenal kept a second clean sheet of the season, they still looked uncertain at the back and allowed Eintracht 24 shots on goal – seven fewer than the Hornets’ 31 on Sunday.
Arsenal’s deeper midfielders Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira failed to control proceedings with the second half end-to-end until Kohr was dismissed.
Eintracht, who reached the semi-finals of the Europa League last season before losing on penalties to Chelsea, lost strikers Sebastien Haller and Luka Jovic to West Ham and Real Madrid respectively in the summer and had either been in their line-up on Thursday, Arsenal’s slack defence may have been punished.
Kostic caused right-back Calum Chambers significant problems but was wasteful, as was AC Milan loanee Silva, who shot well wide in the second half when given another good opportunity.
That said, Martinez, brought in for first-choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno, impressed with key saves in the first half and assured handling when called upon.
Man of the match – Bukayo Saka
Aubameyang’s goal-scoring run – the best stats
- Arsenal have only lost one of their 13 group stage games in the Europa League (W10 D2), while this was their sixth consecutive clean sheet in the group stage of the competition.
- Arsenal picked up their first European away win against German opposition since November 2013 (1-0 v Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League), having failed to win on any of their previous five trips (D1 L4).
- Eintracht Frankfurt suffered their heaviest home defeat across European competitions – in what was their 74th such game on home soil.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has netted seven goals in his last seven Europa League appearances for Arsenal, with four of those coming away from home.
- Bukayo Saka is the youngest player to score for Arsenal in the Europa League/Champions League since October 2008, when Aaron Ramsey (17y 300d) netted against Fenerbahce.
|Specsavers County Championship Division One, Cloudfm County Ground (day two):|
|Surrey 174: Smith 34, Foakes 34; Porter 5-62, S Cook (5-53)|
|Essex 302-6: Lawrence 147, ten Doeschate 78*; Clarke 3-52|
|Essex (6 pts) lead Surrey (1 pt) by 128 with six wickets standing|
Dan Lawrence made a timely first Championship century of the season as Essex built a first-innings lead on day two against Surrey at Chelmsford.
Jamie Porter (5-62) and Sam Cook (5-53) collected Surrey’s last six wickets for 37 runs as they were all out for 174.
But title-chasing Essex ran into trouble on 53-3 before Lawrence and Ravi Bopara (34) put on 72.
Ryan ten Doeschate (78 not out) added 173 with Lawrence, who finally fell for 147 as Essex reached 302-6, 128 ahead.
With leaders Somerset bowled out for just 142 against Hampshire and therefore able to take no more than 19 points from the game should they win it, every point is crucial for Essex, who began the match against Surrey just eight behind.
Porter and Cook wasted no time in securing all three bowling points after the latter began the day by knocking out Ben Foakes’ (34) off stump.
Jordan Clark (3-52) claimed the first three wickets when Essex began their reply, including that of Alastair Cook, who was lbw for 24.
But Lawrence grew in confidence as the ball became soft and reached three figures off 182 balls by sweeping spinner Scott Borthwick for four.
Ten Doeschate was typically assertive in the supporting role, collecting nine boundaries before Lawrence was caught at slip from a delivery by Morne Morkel that appeared to bounce a little more than he expected and Jamie Porter was lbw to Rikki Clarke for a duck in the penultimate over.
Essex already had a third batting point, though, and another two are available on the third morning if they can add a further 98 to their total in 23 overs.
A man who died after a knife fight at a chicken shop in south-east London has been named as Omar Smith.
Two men were found with head and stab wounds in Downham Way, Lewisham, at about 23:55 BST on Friday.
A murder investigation was launched after Mr Smith, 34, died in hospital on Saturday.
Police said a second man, 51, was arrested on suspicion of GBH on his release from hospital but has since been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Two other men, aged 40 and 46, who were detained at the chicken shop on suspicion of GBH have also been further arrested on suspicion of murder.
All three were taken to south London police stations before one was released under investigation and another two released on bail until mid-October, Scotland Yard said.
Police said the victim’s next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem examination is due to take place.
Police have arrested three teenagers on suspicion of murder after 17-year-old Josiph Beker was stabbed to death in central London.
Josiph, also known as Yousef, was with friends outside a KFC on Edgware Road when a fight broke out between two groups on Tuesday, police said.
He was stabbed in the chest during the confrontation and died in hospital later.
Two boys, aged 16, and an 18-year-old man were arrested on Friday.
They remain in custody.
Supt Andy Brittain described the killing as “horrific”, and said officers would be on hand to “listen to any concerns [residents] have and continue to appeal for those with information to come forward”.
The force said it was still keeping an “open mind concerning motive”.
A post-mortem examination concluded Josiph died from a stab wound to the chest.
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Lord’s (day two):|
|Durham 147: Finn 4-41, Murtagh 3-32, Harris 2-33 & 191: A Robson 64; Harris 3-43 Finn 3-49|
|Middlesex 143: Raine 5-26, Rushworth 3-46 & 21-0: S Robson 9*|
|Middlesex (3 pts) need a further 175 runs to beat Durham (3 pts)|
Middlesex require another 175 runs to beat Durham after 13 more wickets tumbled on the second day at Lord’s.
After starting the day on 87-7 in their first innings, the hosts managed to add another 54 before being bowled out for 143, Ben Raine finishing with 5-26.
Durham then posted 191 second time around to stretch their lead to 195 runs, Angus Robson top scoring with 64.
Middlesex had to bat out the last five overs of the day but held out on 21-0 before bad light meant a premature end.
Openers Nick Gubbins (8 not out) and Sam Robson (9 not out), up against his brother Angus for the first time, will resume for the hosts on day three.
James Harris (3-43) and former England paceman Steven Finn (3-49) were the two most effective bowlers for seventh-placed Middlesex.
The hosts started this game 18 points behind third-placed Northamptonshire in Division Two, while Durham, in fifth, were 10 points better off.
Middlesex fast bowler James Harris told BBC Radio London:
“We’re really happy. We’d have taken that this morning. To be 87-7 overnight put us in a tough spot and the lower order did really well this morning to get us to parity.
“I haven’t bowled anywhere near as well as I’d have liked this summer, so to have a couple of pretty good days with the ball is quite pleasing.
“We stuck at it all day, the four seamers and a few overs from George Scott. No-one’s let the pressure drift. We’ve all come on and been able to exude the same pressure as the guy before.
“When you’ve got a good seam attack, that’s what they do – as we’ve seen with Australia in the Test series – and we’ve executed really well over the two days so far.”
Durham’s Angus Robson told BBC Radio Newcastle:
“Overall, the game’s probably 50-50 now. It’s really hard to split and say who’s ahead. The first hour in the morning’s going to be absolutely vital for both teams.
“There’s still plenty in the pitch. It’s seamed around the whole game. If we can get a couple of early wickets and get our noses ahead, we’ve got a good chance.
“Middlesex bowled really well. They were accurate and they didn’t give much away, so it was difficult to keep a fluent scoring rate. But our guys hung in there and occupied the crease.
“We were just trying to get something north of 170 on the board for them to chase, so we’d have taken this. They have to chase a score that hasn’t been made yet in the game, so we’re in a good spot.”