M25: Motorists and protesters argue over demonstrations
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The Transport Secretary described the group as “reckless” as he vowed to take action to crack down on the protesters. Supporters of the radical climate group Insulate Britain have repeatedly blocked parts of the M25, bringing traffic to a standstill.
The group is calling on the Government to insulate all UK homes by 2030 to cut carbon emissions.
So far they have blocked the M25 eight times this month.
The group once again caused disruption this morning, the third time this week, as activists glued their hands to the ground at Junction 30 at Thurrock in Essex.
Insulate Britain is a spin-off of Extinction Rebellion, started by one of XR’s founders.
An interim injunction was issued by the High Court on September 22 banning the group from occupying roads.
The group have continued to protest despite the court order.
Attacking them ahead of this morning’s antics, Mr Shapps lost his patience and confirmed papers had begun to be served to those breaching the injunction.
“Reckless protesters who repeatedly put lives in danger on the M25 have already had knocks on their doors,” he said last night.
“We are serving papers and those who continue these idiotic, dangerous and counter-productive demonstrations will be caught and face unlimited fines or prison.”
A two-year prison sentence is the maximum that can be handed down to those breaching the court order.
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This morning nine people were arrested on suspicion of obstructing a highway and are being held in custody.
An Essex Police spokesman said: “We know this will have been frustrating for drivers caught in the traffic this caused and we want to thank you for your patience and understanding.”
Insulate Britain vowed they “are going nowhere”, despite the court ruling.
In a statement, they added: “We are raising the tempo this week as, despite the urgency of the situation, there has been no meaningful response from the Government to our demands.
“We are deeply concerned that with rising fuel bills and not enough action on insulation, there will be further unnecessary suffering and deaths among the most vulnerable this winter.
“It’s not just cold and hungry Britain, it’s billions of pounds wasted on fuel costs for everyone.
“Failing to help hardworking families, failing to stop poverty fuel deaths, failing to protect the country we love from the biggest threat it has ever faced.
“We need our Government to keep us safe. Boris, get on with the job.”
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