Climate protesters descend on M25 for second time in three days


olice have arrested 15 climate protesters after they blocked parts of the M25, causing huge traffic queues.

Dozens of activists from Insulate Britain, which is demanding Government action on home insulation, stopped traffic at two sections of Britain’s busiest motorway on Wednesday for the second time in three days.

They targeted Junction 23 for South Mimms in Hertfordshire and the main carriageway from Junction 8 at Reigate to Junction 9 at Leatherhead, both in Surrey, at around 8am.

Demonstrators sat on the road, while stranded motorists beeped their horns.

Videos posted on social media show angry drivers remonstrating with the activists.

President of motoring insurance group AA, Edmund King, said that during the last Insulate Britain blockade, a thermal insulation engineer was prevented from going to work after being stuck in the traffic queue.

On Wednesday he said: “Whilst most people understand the need to take action on climate change, these motorway blockade tactics are just backfiring as they are alienating the working public stuck in this chaos and subsequently pumping out more emissions.

“It is somewhat ironic that thermal insulation engineers trying to insulate Britain were stuck in the congestion caused by Insulate Britain.

“Essential deliveries, emergency services, people missing hospital and business appointments are all hit by these blockades.

“Hopefully the police will take immediate action to unblock the arteries of Britain.”

Surrey Police are advising motorists to avoid the area, and said officers have made 15 arrests so far.

The force said in a series of tweets: “A number of protesters from Insulate Britain and Extinction Rebellion are at the two locations and appropriate diversions are being set up with the help of partner agencies…

“We have now arrested 15 people in connection with this incident.

“We are currently in attendance at Junction 8 and 10 of the M25 overseeing a protest which was reported just after 8am today.”

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