Eco-Activists Take Road-Blocking Campaign to More English Cities

November 2, 2021 Updated: November 2, 2021

Ec-activists from Insulate Britain have been arrested as they launched fresh demonstrations near London, Birmingham and Manchester.

The group said on Nov. 2 that around 60 demonstrators descended on junction 23 of the M25 near London, junction 6 of the M56 in Manchester and the A4400 in Birmingham on Tuesday morning.

The London and Manchester roads are part of the strategic road network and covered by a super injunction granted to National Highways last week.

Around 20 demonstrators arrived at the M25 but were stopped by police from getting into the road at about 8am.

Six sat on the pavement with a banner, and some glued themselves to the ground.

Another two managed to glue themselves to one lane of the carriageway on a quiet part of the roundabout.

A group of officers have been lifting activists from the pavement and putting them in the back of a van.

Reverend Sue Parfitt, 79, a retired family therapist from Bristol, was among those detained.

More than a dozen officers and seven police vehicles were at the scene.

Some passers-by shouted expletives at the protesters while other beeped their horns.

Nine demonstrators have received committal papers in relation to an injunction granted to National Highways to curb activist roadblocks, an Insulate Britain spokesperson confirmed.

Those who break the injunctions could be found in contempt of court and face a maximum penalty of two years in prison or an unlimited fine.

Diana Warner, 62, a retired GP, said: “One of the important reasons for coming out today was to say we’re all together. It’s not just nine.”

Activists have blocked roads on 18 days since September 13, causing misery for drivers stuck in long queues of traffic.

A Hertfordshire Police spokesperson said: “Police were called at 7.45am today (Tuesday 2 November) to reports of protesters near junction 23 (Bignells Corner) of the M25.

“Officers are at the scene and working to resolve the disruption as quickly as possible.

“Police also received reports of protesters near the A1081 St Albans Road at around 8.20am. Officers are on the scene and partial road closures have been put in place.

“Several people have been arrested.”

Greater Manchester Police said officers were responding to the protest on Wilmslow Road (A538) near junction 6 of the M56 and Manchester Airport.

The force said: “Delays are expected and we ask people travelling to avoid the area if possible.”

So far, 161 people have been involved in the roadblock campaign and there have been 770 arrests, excluding Tuesday’s action.