The Home Secretary Priti Patel and the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps have confirmed that, along with National Highways, they have successfully secured a court injunction against protests on the M25 – with Insulate Britain eco-loons who continue to block the important traffic now facing the risk of imprisonment.
Mr Shapps, taking to Twitter, said: “Invading a motorway is reckless & puts lives at risk. I asked National Highways to seek an injunction against M25 protestors which a judge granted last night. Effective later today, activists will face contempt of court with possible imprisonment if they flout.”
And Ms Patel also chimed in: “I can confirm this Government and National Highways are taking action to bring the ongoing M25 protests to end with an important injunction so people can get moving again. We will not tolerate lives being put at risk. Those who continue to do so risk imprisonment.”
It comes following more than a week of protests that saw members of the Extinction Rebellion splinter group attempting to block traffic in and around the M25.
Footage captured by crack journalists at radio station LBC showed how members of the group stormed a busy section of motorway near Junction 10 earlier, outnumbering police who were unable to hold back the activists.
The injunction follows a stream of criticism over the soft response of the authorities to the ridiculous disruptive protests last week.
Last Wednesday this website reported on footage showing a uniformed officer giving activists a gentle final warning before arrest, saying things like “if any of you are in any discomfort or need anything, just let me know and we’ll try to sort you out – in a nice way” and “if you’ve got any questions at all, just ask”.
And the next day we highlighted footage that appeared to show a uniformed officer directing traffic to allow the loons to take up their position on the road. The decision was justified by the Metropolitan Police, who claimed that a “dynamic risk assessment” had been made and protecting the safety of Insulate Britain protesters as they decided to venture into traffic was an operational priority…