A Lewisham man was amongst the Extinction Rebellion activists arrested yesterday after one was dragged to the ground from the top of a rush-hour Tube.

Video shared on social media showed protesters at Canning Town holding a sign which read "Business as usual = death", while the activist pulled to the floor appeared to kick out at the commuter who pulled him down.

Five Extinction Rebellion protesters including an 83-year-old are due to appear in court on Friday in connection with disruption to the transport network during the Thursday morning rush hour.

A 32-year-old from Lewisham was arrested at Stratford station on suspicion of obstructing the railway, BTP said. He has been released on bail.

British Transport Police (BTP) said Mark Ovland, 36, from Keinton Mandeville in Somerset, is charged with breaching his bail conditions when he allegedly disrupted a Jubilee Line train at Canning Town station in east London at around 6.45am.

Ovland is due to appear before magistrates at Highbury Corner later.

He was arrested alongside another man, a 35-year-old from Filton in South Gloucestershire who was arrested on suspicion of obstructing the railway. The unnamed man has been released on bail.

Four others will appear at the same court charged in connection with an incident at Shadwell station, east London, on the DLR.

Extinction Rebellion has expressed its regret over the action, which it acknowledged was "divisive" and said several of its members had acted "autonomously".

In a statement, Extinction Rebellion said: "It is regretful that there was violence at today's action at Canning Town tube station. We would like to express our sadness that events escalated this way.

"We are aware that one of our activists responded in self-defence in a moment of panic when confronted by a threatening situation.

"He acknowledges his accountability for this action and we offer gratitude for members of the public who helped to protect him."