Insulate Britain: Green campaigners block M25 for seventh time as 11 more protestors arrested

Eleven protesters were arrested at junction 3 of the M25, Kent Police said

Green activists Insulate Britain blocked the M25 for a seventh time on Wednesday morning as protestors glued their hands to the road.

The group blocked Junction 3 of the M25, the Swanley Interchange, at around 7.30am.

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The environmental activists have indicated they will continue blocking the M25 despite facing up to two years in prison (image: PA/Insulate Britain)

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At a glance: 5 key points

  • Some of the group glued their hands to the road’s surface, Kent Police said
  • At around 8.50am, Kent Police confirmed 11 people had been arrested and the roundabout reopened
  • Officers attended and within an hour had arrested those present on suspicion of obstructing the highway, conspiracy to commit public nuisance and criminal damage
  • On September 22 the Government successfully applied to the High Court for an order which prohibits anyone from blocking the M25
  • Anyone who breaks the injunction could be found to be in contempt of court, which carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison or an unlimited fine
Insulate Britain campaigners blocked a roundabout at Junction 3 of the M25 on Wednesday (image: PA/Insulate Britain)

What’s been said

The force said: “Officers are currently in attendance at Junction 3 of the M25 (Swanley Interchange) due to a group of protesters blocking the roundabout, some of whom have glued their hands to the road surface.

“The incident began at around 7.30am.

“Motorists are advised to expect delays and find alternative routes if possible whilst the officers work to remove the protesters and assist National Highways in reopening the road.”

It tweeted: “The Swanley Interchange roundabout at J3 of the M25 has now reopened following an earlier protest, which has resulted in us arresting 11 people.

“Delays remain in the area whilst the backlog of traffic clears. Thank you for your patience.”

Insulate Britain said in a statement on Wednesday: “We are going nowhere. You can raid our savings. You can confiscate our property. You can deny us our liberty and put us behind bars.

“But shooting the messenger can never destroy the message: that this country is going to hell unless you take emergency action to stop putting carbon into the air. Boris get on with the job.”

Background

The group, an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, is calling on the Government to insulate all homes across the UK by 2030 to help cut carbon emissions.

As well as targeting the London ring road, protesters have blocked other important routes including the A1(M) and A20 near the port of Dover.

The campaign, which entered its third week on Monday, has seen well over 400 arrests, according to Insulate Britain.

The group said on Twitter on Tuesday evening: “115 people have been involved in Insulate Britain’s protests over the last 2 weeks.

“The arrest tally is now 438.

“You can throw as many injunctions at us as you like, but we are going nowhere.”

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