Fifteen people have been charged following protests against Heathrow airport expansion on Saturday.

More than 100 protesters were reported to have taken part, with many lying down on the spur road which links the airport to the M4 motorway.

The Times reports that 15 protestors were charged after being arrested for obstructing the highway or public order offences.

The protest was organised by the group RisingUp!, after ministers backed the building of a third runway at the airport.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “Police have charged 15 people with wilful obstruction of the highway following a protest near the M4 Spur Road at Heathrow Airport on Saturday.”

The group, aged between 21 and 67, were bailed to appear at Ealing magistrates’ court on December 22.