Despite a court injunction barring its continued protests, Insulate Britain activists have blocked the M25 again this morning.
SurgeZirc UK that protesters today laid siege to junction 30, near Thurrock, Essex, from about 8 am, defying a High Court order issued last week.
Yesterday the UK Government took legal action against the climate activists, who could face fines of up to two years imprisonment for their continued protests.
The activists have been told they will be served injunction papers for their protests which have been characterised by “sit-downs” in the middle of the M25 in recent weeks.
After launching serial protests on the M25, the High Court granted an injunction to prevent further protests, threatening jail time and unlimited fines.
Despite the court injunction, Insulate Britain staged another protest on the UK’s busiest motorway yesterday, blocking the same junction twice in six hours.
Some of the protesters obstructed the M25 at Junction 3 – the Swanley Interchange, with a number of them glueing their hands to the road surface, causing tailbacks from around 7.30 am.
The police have confirmed that it arrested 11 of the protesters before the roundabout was reopened just before 9 am.
Undaunted, Insulate Britain protesters returned at 1 pm, which led to 16 further arrests. All 27 people are being held in custody.
According to a Government spokesperson: “Peaceful protest is a fundamental right of our democracy, but we cannot allow this reckless and dangerous behaviour to continue on our roads.
“We are already knocking on doors and serving papers to offenders who will be sent to court and could face fines or prison.
“Police continue making arrests and are working closely with National Highways to shut down these illegal demonstrations and keep the public safe.”
Insulate Britain, an Extinction Rebellion offshoot, is clamouring for proper protection from climate change for homes across the UK.