M25 blocked near Heathrow as climate activists Insulate Britain demonstrate | UK News

Climate protesters have blocked a section of the M25 for the sixth time.

The police have detained protesters from insulate Britain at a roundabout leading to Heathrow airport in London.

Insulate Britain said in a statement: “This morning, 52 people who have been involved in Insulate Britain’s two weeks of motorway protests blocked the M25 in breach of the order given by the High Court on Tuesday.”

Drivers stand and watch from their cars as traffic is stopped during a roadblock by protesters from Insulate Britain in a roundabout leading from the M25 motorway to London Heathrow Airport.
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Drivers stand and watch from their cars as traffic stops

According to the order given by National Highways Ltd, those involved can “be considered as despised in court and may be imprisoned, fined or have their assets seized”.

The campaigns said last week that they were “more afraid of climate change than we are of breaking a mandate”, adding “there are times when we need to step in and do the right thing”.

Liam Norton, a spokesman for the group, said this morning: “You can throw as many injunctions against us as you want, but we are not going anywhere. You can raid our savings and confiscate our property. You can deny us our freedom and put us behind bars.

“But it’s just shooting the messenger. The truth is, this country is going to hell unless you take steps to stop putting carbon in the air.”

Insulate Britain, an offshoot of the Extinction Rebellion, wants the government to retrofit homes across the UK to reduce climate emissions.

Its members have already brought chaos to the M25 five times in the last fourteen days – and had been threatened with imprisonment if they returned to the motorway.

National Highways had got one injunctions against the M25 protesters to prevent further sections of London’s orbit motorway from being blocked.

Following the announcement, Insulate Britain activists blocked a road outside the home office in central London.

The injunction went into effect last week and means anyone who violates the order can be sentenced to prison.

Protests were also held around Dover Harbor, which led to the government gets an extra injunction to try to prevent further disturbance.

The High Court’s ruling in favor of National Highways means protesters will be prevented from occupying the A20 and strategic roads associated with the Port of Dover.

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