By Sharon Marris, news reporter
Police have dismantled the pink ship in the centre of Oxford Circus which has been a focal point for climate change protesters this week.
Officers kept a close circle on the boat throughout the day, and eventually managed to get the last activist off, before taking it apart and removing it.
The boat bears the words "Tell the Truth". It had been moored to the street for the last five days.
Earlier on Friday, actress Emma Thompson read a poem to the crowds while stood on the ship.
Police have been carrying activists away from the protests, which have been blocking parts of central London. There were more than 100 arrests on Friday, bringing the total to 682 since Monday.
Extinction Rebellion, the group behind the protests, tweeted: "The police have started to make arrests in Oxford Circus after we finished reading out our poems to the crowd.
"We need the government to take radical action now.
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"Please listen to the people. Or stand aside and let something better emerge."
Sky News reporter Helen-Ann Smith, who is at Oxford Circus, said Friday's gathering had started quietly but the mood has "shifted slightly" since then.
She said about 300 police officers had arrived and surrounded the large pink boat used as a symbol by Extinction Rebellion, the group behind the protests.
Later, officers started the process of freeing protesters who had attached themselves to the boat's frame.
Just hours earlier, about 20 young people from the group had gathered beside a roundabout at Heathrow airport.
They held a banner saying "are we the last generation?" – but, amid a heavy police presence, all roads remained open.
On Thursday, Extinction Rebellion had threatened to "raise the bar" at Britain's busiest airport, which was expected to be used by almost 250,000 people on the first day of the Easter break.
But by Friday lunchtime, the protesters left without having disrupted a single flight, saying they felt their message had been heard.
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