ALMOST 200 students in Hereford skipped school today to join an international protest against climate change.

Pupils from primary schools rubbed shoulders with teenagers from sixth forms in the noisy demonstration in the city centre.

They gathered first outside Hereford Cathedral before shouting slogans such as "there is no planet B" as they made their way down Broad Street.

The march came to a halt outside the constituency office of Hereford MP Jesse Norman and it was clear the protestors were unimpressed with his Conservative Party's efforts to fight climate change.

The protest, which later moved into High Town, was part of a number of demonstrations being held across the country where students are aiming to persuade governments to do something about climate change.

Strikes are taking place today in more than 2,000 towns and cities, in over 100 different countries

Many of those involved today were part of the campaigners who put pressure on Herefordshire Council to formally recognise the climate emergency last week.

While some have applauded pupils for taking the initiative, others have criticised them for walking out of class.

And the Prime Minister, Theresa May, said student protesters miss out on important learning that can help them "develop into the top scientists, engineers and advocates that we need to help tackle this problem."