Extinction Rebellion activists have filled a fountain outside Buckingham Palace with fake blood and held up placards reading 'royal bloodbath' as they took their demonstration to the Queen's residence.

'XR' have been blocking streets and causing disruption in London this week in a bid to draw attention to the planet's plight, Mirror reports.

Its Animal Rebellion division took the effort to the palace today by filling a fountain outside its gates red with fake blood, and smearing 'bloody' handprints on the water feature.

Some protestors stood in the fountain at the Queen Victoria Memorial, which they covered in red paint in protest at animal hunting..

Extinction Rebellion protests are aiming to occupy parts of central London for two weeks.

The group's chief aim this year is to demand the Government halts all new investment in fossil fuels.

Scotland Yard said arrests have been made after demonstrators released red dye into the Buckingham Palace fountains.

Campaign group Animal Rebellion staged the protest at the Victoria Memorial water feature, which sits directly in front of the Queen's London residence, on Thursday.

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The group said it had dyed the foundations "blood red in a protest against the use of crown land for hunting and animal agriculture" during two weeks of events in the capital urging action on the climate crisis.

The Metropolitan Police tweeted: "A number of activists have vandalised the Victoria Memorial water feature outside Buckingham Palace.

"We are on scene and arrests have been made. The suspects are being taken to custody."

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Demonstrators were detained by police officers as they stood in the red water at the monument to Queen Victoria, with some holding flares and signs.

Extinction Rebellion began its Impossible Rebellion protests on Monday and is demanding the Government immediately ends investment in fossil fuels that are driving climate change.

A series of arrests have been made as the environmental group targeted areas across London, including Oxford Circus on Wednesday, bringing traffic to a standstill.

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Scotland Yard said a "significant" operation would be in place for the climate protests over the bank holiday weekend but also acknowledged the activists' "important cause".

The number of people arrested at Extinction Rebellion events in London in its first four days of protests reached almost 200 by Wednesday as protestors targeted Oxford Circus, the Met said.

Earlier in the day, activists from Money Rebellion, an offshoot of XR, had gathered at the Department for International Trade to hold a mock awards ceremony where a "Charred Earth" award was given to the department.

Other activists gathered at the Brazilian embassy to show solidarity with indigenous people in the Amazon Rainforest.

XR began its Impossible Rebellion protests in the capital on Monday when demonstrators blocked roads in the central city, including around Trafalgar Square.

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