Environmentalists have caused gridlock at several points along the M25 with a sit-in protest causing outrage among motorists caught in the traffic.
This morning, 90 Protesters choked stretches of tarmac at junctions 3, 6, 14, 20 and 31, disrupting travel to parts of Kent, Surrey, Essex and Hertfordshire, as well as Heathrow Terminal 5.
The unwashed activists held up banners raising awareness for better insulation while ensuring tens of thousands of drivers stayed in their cars belching out extra fumes.
Insulate Britain’s website says it wants the government to “take responsibility for the insulation of all social housing in Britain” and create a “legally binding national plan to fully fund and take responsibility for the full low-energy and low-carbon whole-house retrofit.”
The group warn that today’s stunt is “just the start”, tweeting: “We’re not here to block Boris Johnson, but we’re blocking the M25 to get a message to him and the government.
“We’ll go home when you get on with the job. Only you can create hundreds of thousands of jobs, save lives and lead the world through this crisis. Time to Insulate Britain now.”
Radio station LBC dispatched a reporter to the scene and captured amazing footage of a bruiser of a man who’d left his car on the motorway to confront the protesters.
Disappointingly for those who enjoyed footage ten days ago of coppers getting stuck into Extinction Rebellion protesters, police surrounding activists tried to ward off the big fella, but he was having none of it, and proceeded to grab one man and yank him out of the way (see below).
While in the act, the motorist can be heard muttering, “f*cking loser”. The protester squeals and yelps.
Hertfordshire Police’s Superintendent Adam Willmot said: “We were called to reports of a protest at around 8.00 am today and quickly mobilised resources to the scene.
“The M25 was closed westbound at junction 20, resulting in congestion and delays on both the M25 and the A41.
“Protestors ignored police requests to move location, so we took robust action to enable roads to be reopened and to remove the protestors causing obstructions.
“Our officers dealt with the disruption as quickly as possible, reopening routes for local businesses and residents.
“The road closures were lifted by 10.20 am.”
It has been reported that the Met has arrested 14 people; Essex Police, 12; Hertfordshire Police, 18; Surrey Police, 36 and Kent Police, 12.