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Eco-mob Insulate Britain block M25 for fifth time as they run on to main carriageway near Woking

Road-blocking eco-zealots have dramatically escalated their protests today by running in front of moving traffic on the main M25 carriageway.

Members of the disruptive eco-group Insulate Britain are blocking traffic on the motorway near junction 10 in Surrey.

It is the fifth time the group, who are demanding the Government reduce home heating emissions to zero, have blocked Britain’s busiest road. 

More than 30 protesters have this morning been seen running into flowing traffic near Woking today.  There are groups on both sides of the eight lane motorway. Police are at the scene. 

Meanwhile the group have today been slammed for putting the lives of motorist in danger by running into flowing traffic. 

A driving instructor, responding to the video on social media, said this morning: ‘Am I really seeing this!!! Walking front of traffic on an active motorway in rush hour is putting every single drivers life at immediate risk, not to mention the protesters. Truly shocking.’

Members of the eco-group Insulate Britain are blocking traffic on the motorway near junction 10 in Surrey

This is the moment that vehicles are forced to break on the M25 as protesters make their way across the carriageway

This is the moment that vehicles are forced to break on the M25 as protesters make their way across the carriageway

More than 30 protesters have been seen running into flowing traffic near Woking today. There are groups on both sides of the eight lane motorway

More than 30 protesters have been seen running into flowing traffic near Woking today. There are groups on both sides of the eight lane motorway

Do YOU know who the climate ‘anarchists’ blocking the M25 are? 

Video shows the eco-warriors standing on both sides of carriageway waiting to run across.

In one video police in high-vis jackets are shown pulling members of the group from oncoming traffic.

But as considerate drivers slow down – in fear of harming the protesters – the eco-mob see their opportunity and charge into the road.

They are later seen sitting down while holding ‘Insulate Britain’ banners. 

In separate video, another group of protesters on the other side of the motorway then prepare to do the same.

The group on the other side actively stop the traffic and attempt to sit down, leading a police officer to attempt to pull one protester away.

But eventually the traffic stops and the group, like their eco-mob friends on the other side, then sit down and unveil their banners. 

It comes as yesterday the group infuriated drivers with a fourth protest in seven days.  

Police officers pictured yesterday carrying away a protester who had glued himself to the highway at a slip road at Junction 4 of the A1(M), near Hatfield

Police officers pictured yesterday carrying away a protester who had glued himself to the highway at a slip road at Junction 4 of the A1(M), near Hatfield

A police officer pictured yesterday searching a protester at a slip road at Junction 18 of the M25, near Rickmansworth

A police officer pictured yesterday searching a protester at a slip road at Junction 18 of the M25, near Rickmansworth

Protesters from Insulate Britain are dragged off the road on Monday as they blockaded the M25 at junction 18 near Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire

Protesters from Insulate Britain are dragged off the road on Monday as they blockaded the M25 at junction 18 near Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire

Despite the Home Secretary reading the eco-mob the riot act - promising to come down hard on the group's ringleaders - Insulate Britain continued their disruptive protest this morning by once again blocking the M25. Pictured: Police officers (pictured yesterday) work to free protesters who had glued themselves to a slip road at Junction 4 of the A1(M), near Hatfield

Despite the Home Secretary reading the eco-mob the riot act – promising to come down hard on the group’s ringleaders – Insulate Britain continued their disruptive protest this morning by once again blocking the M25. Pictured: Police officers (pictured yesterday) work to free protesters who had glued themselves to a slip road at Junction 4 of the A1(M), near Hatfield

Police officers (pictured yesterday) carry away a protester who had glued herself to a slip road at Junction 4 of the A1(M), near Hatfield

Police officers (pictured yesterday) carry away a protester who had glued herself to a slip road at Junction 4 of the A1(M), near Hatfield

Eco-mob Insulate Britain block M25 for fifth time as they run on to main carriageway near Woking

Then, in a remarkable twist, the group sent shared an open letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel to ‘profoundly apologise’ for the disruption they have caused.

The group wrote to the Home Secretary in an effort to begin an ‘open dialogue’ and plead with her to ‘demonstrate leadership’.

In their letter Insulate Britain said: ‘We wish to profoundly apologise for the disruption we have caused over past week on the M25 motorway. We cannot imagine undertaking such acts in normal circumstances. But, like you and other Conservatives, we believe that the reality of our situation has to be faced.’

The group went on to say: ‘We will lose our incomes, pensions, and savings while passing a hellish legacy onto our children. Around the world thousands of millions of people will lose their lives through slaughter and starvation as society collapses.

‘We plead with you to demonstrate leadership. Ask the Prime Minister to make the statement the country wants to hear – that the Government will live up to its responsibilities to protect us.

‘That it will take the lead needed to insulate and retrofit our homes. 

‘That it will now take the decisive action required to enable us, as a country, to get on with the job. So hard working families can both feed their children and keep their homes warm and our country is protected and defended.

‘At this time of national crisis, we have to come together. We deeply appreciate the difficult position you find yourself in at this time. But we hope you will find it within yourself to come and meet with us in open dialogue, not so that we can agree but more that we can understand our differences.

‘As soon as we have a meaningful statement we can all trust, we will immediately call off the campaign. That is all we ask.

‘We apologise again for the disruption and hope to hear your response.’

It comes as Boris Johnson said the group, who are demanding the Government reduce home heating emissions to zero, were doing ‘no favours to their cause’ after their fourth M25 protest in seven days.

Asked if he thought Insulate Britain’s tactics of promoting climate change awareness by blocking motorways were effective or counter productive, the Prime Minister said: ‘I don’t think these people do any favours to their cause.

‘I think that what they do is detract from a very important moral mission that is widely shared by the people of this country.’

Quizzed if the police are doing enough to deal with the demonstrators, he added: ‘We are taking powers to be able to move protestors when they are threatening critical national infrastructure, when they are threatening to do serious economic damage and I think that is entirely right’. 

Meanwhile, Ms Patel last night faced mounting pressure to deal with the eco-zealots – with one Tory MP urging her to tell police chiefs in the Met area to ‘step up or stand down’. 

Free to cause more misery: Why are eco mob protestors STILL being released by police to cause days of M25 rush-hour chaos? 

Police were accused of failing to do their jobs and letting the environmentalists shutting down the M25 off the hook by not arresting them for more serious criminal offences. 

The decision to arrest the suspects for a lesser crime such as blocking a road has meant that there has been a revolving door of eco-warriors being released and then heading straight back to the M25. 

Officers have been holding them on suspicion of public nuisance and wilful obstruction offences, which police admit means ‘there is no power in law to remand them’.  

These crimes are often only punished with a fine from magistrates – and suspects are rarely held in custody. Instead there are more serious offences that could keep suspects in custody for longer. 

The first is Breach of the Peace, which can be used as a reason for arrest ‘if the consequence of your actions provoke others to use violence and the police reasonably believe a breach of the peace is about to happen, they can arrest you to prevent it’. 

Most people arrested for breach of the peace are held until the threat of a breach of the peace is over. In rare cases police can take a detainee to a magistrate’s court to seek a ‘bind-over’ – an order from a magistrate from the defendant that the suspect will keep the peace for a proportionate period of time 

The other offence, used in anti-fracking protests in the past is ‘obstruction of an officer’, which includes doing an act that forces the officer away from their duties.  This could be used on those who glued themselves to the highways.

Police arrested a large number of the Insulate Britain activists under this law, but no one has been charged. There were also arrests for the common law offence of public nuisance, and conspiracy to cause danger to road users under section 22A of the Road Traffic Act 1988. 

Hertfordshire Police said in a statement: ‘With the offences they were arrested for on Monday there is no power in law to remand them. They will face a court when the CPS have agreed that there is sufficient evidence to charge them with an offence, for which we need to gather evidence and build a case, considering the actions taken by all the protesters’. 

Obstruction of a British road ‘without lawful authority or excuse’ is an offence under Section 137 of the Highways Act 1980.

Police arrested a large number of the Insulate Britain activists under this law, but no one has been charged. There were also arrests for the common law offence of public nuisance, and conspiracy to cause danger to road users under section 22A of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

If police had been given the Crown Prosecution Service’s go ahead, they could have charged the activists with the obstruction offence and sent them to a magistrates’ court where they could be punished with a fine.

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