ARRESTS have been made after police officers were spray painted during COP26 protests in the centre of Glasgow.

Police hit out at the “totally unacceptable” behaviour which they said targeted a number of officers.

There have been multiple demonstrations through the city as the UN climate summit continues, including ones organised by Extinction Rebellion (XR) and another which saw indigenous peoples march on the COP26 venue.

Police did not specifically say which protest those arrested had been involved in.

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie issued a statement following the arrests.

He said: "During one of these protests, a number of officers were assaulted after being sprayed with paint. Two arrests have been made in relation to this so far and cans of spray paint have been seized.

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"Police Scotland is a rights-based organisation that puts our values of integrity, fairness, respect and a commitment to upholding human rights at the heart of everything we do.

"This means that we will protect the rights of people who wish to peacefully protest or counter-protest at COP26, balanced against the rights of the wider community. We will provide a proportionate policing response to any protest and violence will not be tolerated.

“Assaults on officers, who put their safety at risk every day to keep the public safe and have adopted a facilitative and rights-based approach to protest, is totally unacceptable.

"The protests have caused some delay with travel through the city centre and officers remain on scene."

XR protesters have also staged a sit-in outside the SSE energy firm’s office in the centre of Glasgow.