THE GOVERNMENT has taken out a third injunction to prevent Insulate Britain protesters blocking any of the network around the M25.
The new injunction bans activities that obstruct traffic and access to motorways and major A Roads in and around London. It follows the repeated protests mounted by Insulate Britain, a campaign group calling for a retrofit strategy to insulate the UK’s homes.
The injunction also bans activities which cause damage to the road surface and infrastructure and prohibits activists from gluing themselves to the road or abandoning their vehicles.
Insulate Britain Injunction
Protestors breaking the latest injunction face imprisonment or an unlimited fine. Activists found in contempt of court may also be forced to repay the costs of their case.
The police will now also be able to release information on the activists, as well as evidence, to National Highways so that the injunctions can be enforced.
A number of activists have already been served with court papers and may face a court hearing and imprisonment or a fine for contempt of court if they are found to be in breach of the injunctions.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: ”We will continue to do all we can to prevent this self-defeating, disruptive and incredibly dangerous behaviour being carried out by Insulate Britain. They are putting lives in danger and damaging their own cause.
“Activists are being tracked down and served court papers and will now face justice. We will take the strongest action against anyone else who decides to take part in this ridiculous and irresponsible action.”
National Highways has already taken out two injunctions to prevent action along the M25, as well as roads around the Port of Dover. These kinds of protests will be illegal in future through the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts B.