Eco yob, 21, tackled by cricket star Jonny Bairstow during the Ashes staged protest at 'Dippy the Dinosaur' exhibition | The Sun

THE ECO yob tackled by Jonny Bairstow previously staged a protest at the "Dippy the Dinosaur" exhibition.

Daniel Knorr, 21, was carried off the pitch by the England wicketkeeper during the second Ashes Test match at Lord's yesterday.

It was the second high-profile stunt the University of Oxford student attempted to carry out in recent months, both of which have failed.

Knorr and two others had been trying to hurl orange powder over the pitch, but were stopped before they could trample on the wicket.

The biochemistry undergraduate was also one of two protesters who were tackled by security as they tried to enter the "Dippy the Dinosaur" display at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry in April.

Wearing a white t-shirt emblazoned with Just Stop Oil in black text, he and Victoria Lindsell, 67, were subsequently led away in handcuffs by West Midlands Police officers.

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He is understood to have been intending to spray the exhibit with orange spray paint, but alert security staff seized upon Knorr before he could reach it and seized his backpack.

Knorr had taken part in a "go slow" march through Oxford just six days before the failed stunt, joining a group of protesters holding Just Stop Oil banners as they delayed motorists in the city centre.

He joined a grandmother Judit, 69, and fellow student Solomon in storming the pitch just five minutes into the second Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Lord's yesterday – again wearing a Just Stop Oil t-shirt.

After evading security staff and nearing the square, he was confronted by Bairstow, while the other two eco yobs were confronted by England captain Ben Stokes and Australian opener David Warner.

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The wicketkeeper then carried the student off the pitch and back into the hands of security, before he was booed by thousands of spectators as he was hauled around the boundary edge and out the ground.

The three protesters were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass and public nuisance.

Knorr was later seen being taken away by police while wearing a blue plastic overshirt.

Meanwhile, Bairstow was praised for his quick actions in thwarting the protest, which led to a short delay before play resumed.

He received adulation from the crowd, while Prime Minister Rishi Sunak;s official spokesman also said: "These sorts of selfish, guerrilla tactics that target events bringing joy to millions are exactly why the Government brought in new powers so the police can take swift action.

"The Prime Minister is pleased play was able to resume quickly and thanks security staff, the swift hands of Jonny Bairstow and other England players who stepped in."

Marylebone Cricket Club, which owns Lord’s, in North West London, blasted the activists.

Guy Lavender, chief executive of Marylebone Cricket Club, which owns Lord’s, said: “Their actions not only endanger themselves and those who work at the ground, but they have consistently shown complete disregard for the people who pay to attend events, not just here at Lord’s but at other sporting venues.”

It follows similar stunts at the World Snooker Championships and the rugby Premiership final at Twickenham – amid a growing public anger over the group's demonstrations.

The Metropolitan Police also slammed the protest yesterday.

A spokesman said: "Today has yet again seen more criminal and disruptive behaviour by Just Stop Oil after three of its protesters stopped play of a cricket match at Lord's Cricket Ground by running onto the outfield and opening bags of dye; all three were arrested for aggravated trespass and public nuisance."

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A statement added: "Just Stop Oil protests continue to have a significant impact on London. In the last twen weeks there have been 250 slow marches, we have imposed conditions in relation to 200 of those slow marches and arrested 144 people where they have not complied with conditions.

"Our policing response is now over £5m in costings and has required more than 17,000 officer shifts. These officers could have been focused productively on other important local community policing priorities, tackling crime, supporting victims and keeping people safe."

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