Insulate Britain: 111 eco protesters served with injunction

After the hearing, an Insulate Britain spokesman said they would not be challenging the injunctions.

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More than a hundred environmental protesters have been served with notices, following their alleged breach of Injunctions banning motorway protests.

A hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice this morning was told that 111 notices had now been served on members of the Insulate Britain group, who have mounted 11 separate days of direct action, targeting the roads network.

On Monday, more than fifty protesters blocked main arterial routes within London, including the Blackwall Tunnel, Hanger Lane gyratory and Wandsworth bridge.

At Blackwall Tunnel, a woman was filmed pleading with the protesters to let her through, as her 81 year old mother was being rushed into hospital.

On Wandsworth Bridge, a group of motorists took matters into their own hands and were seen physically dragging Insulate Britain demonstrators off the roadway.

In a hearing before Mr Justice Lavender this morning, the protest group was told it had the right to challenge aspects of the injunction, banning the blocking of routes in and around the M25 and around the port of Dover.

However, after the hearing, an Insulate Britain spokesman said they would not be challenging the injunctions.

The group also apologised for the disruption caused but vowed to continue their direct action.

Speaking at a protest outside the court, Insulate Britain spokesperson Liam Norton said:

“Insulate Britain wishes to profoundly apologise for the disruption caused over the past three weeks.

“We cannot imagine undertaking such acts in normal circumstances. But we believe that the reality of our situation has to be faced.

“The collapse of the climate is happening around us. We face economic chaos and the breakdown of law and order in a matter of years.

“We ask the Prime Minister to make the statement the country wants to hear - that our government will live up to its responsibilities to protect us, to defend law and order.”

The High Court hearing has now been adjourned until next Tuesday.

The court is currently considering the breach of injunctions on the M25 and around Dover ferry port.

But lawyers for National Highways, which sought the injunction, want the court to also consider the latest injunction, which covers main strategic routes from the M25 into the Capital.

No date has yet been fixed for the 111 protesters served with notices to appear in court.

The latest development comes as the Home Secretary announces amendments to the Crime and Sentencing bill, to get tougher on direct action protests.

The government plans to introduce disruption prevention orders, giving police powers to intervene early to stop protesters before they mount any action.

A new offence of disrupting critical national infrastructure will also be introduced.

It will mean those who mount disruptive action on the roads, and target other key facilities like power stations, or media centre's could face prosecution.