Activists target M25 despite jail threat


Protestors have again blocked part of the M25, in breach of the injunction granted by the High Court last week.

Insulate Britain said on 27 September that 52 people had taken part in the protest, which targeted a slip road at Junction 14 near Heathrow.

Picture from Insulate Britain

Last week National Highways secured an injunction warning that protestors could be held in contempt of court and imprisoned, fined or have their assets seized.

The Department for Transport said at the time that the injunction ‘will help dissuade activists from carrying out any further disruption’.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: ‘We will not let these demonstrators wreak havoc on our roads, disrupt thousands of people’s journeys and put lives in danger. Not only are they creating more traffic and pollution, they are alienating the public from their own cause.’

On Friday, following protests at Dover, Mr Shapps took out an injunction covering the A20 and associated strategic routes to the port.

However, insulate Britain spokesperson Liam Norton said on Monday: ‘You can throw as many injunctions at us as you like, but we are going nowhere. You can raid our savings and confiscate our property. You can deny us our liberty and put us behind bars.

'But that is only shooting the messenger. The truth is that this country is going to hell unless you take emergency action to stop putting carbon into the air.’

The Metropolitan Police said that a number of arrests had been made at the demonstration and that by mid-morning two lanes of traffic had been reopened.

It added: ‘Some activists have used super glue to frustrate our response. We are working as quickly as possible to clear the roads and get people moving.’

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